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    IRL my name is Trent Hazerboy's Avatar
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    So I've torn my upper back...

    Wrestling practice, 1 1/2 weeks ago:


    I *got* to drill with this 150 pound, 40 year old BEAST. He was a 1 or 2 time National champion in college, (can't recall his name, only that he's a maniac and friggen strong) Anyways, after practice I noticed that i had a REAL hard time bending over. I was worried this would put me out of n for John Smith's Camp in OSU that I was going to, but luckily with enough Ibuprofen and a muscle relaxant here and there I was able to wrestle just fine and drill. Now that I'm back though, I've noticed the pain has spread.

    In the beginning I only felt it under my right shoulder blade, meaning it was very hard to bend over to the left. If you stand up and bend your back over to the left or right you can feel the muscle stretching (don't bend your hips or knees, just back.) I also noticed you can stretch the muscle if you sit down with your legs like a V on the floor and bend to the left or right a certain way. Anyways, I had to get out of chairs leaning to the right. I iced it for the first couple days but once I started wrestling in camp it felt ok; I still knew it was there, it just didn't hurt nearly as bad.


    So now that I'm back I don't plan on lifting for another couple of days to completly heal the rest of my body. I'm still a little worried about my back though; I experience only a minor pain when bending over, but it hurts to run or lift anything heavy.

    This far after the injury should I continue icing it or add heat? Should I keep taking ibuprofen?
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    At this point, I believe ice is all you're going to benefit from. If I remember correctly, alternating heat and ice is the plan for the first 48 hours. It probably wasn't the best idea to go back to wrestling so quickly, as you may have furthered whatever injury you have.

    Whether it's a tear or not is something you're really not going to be able to tell. If it were me (and it obviously isn't), I'd give it a couple more days, reasess how I feel, and then go to a doctor if I felt the situation warranted it.
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    ooooohh I was well aware wrestling was probably the worst thing I could do for it; However, when you spend 300 dollars and drive 6 hours to one of the best wrestling camps in the country, you wrestle, hurt or not!

    So at what point does heat start to be beneficial?
    Stats: 11/15/07-First-meet--2nd Meet----3rd meet
    Weight: 185-----187---------198---------198
    Max Bench: 255---220-----------280------300
    Max Squat: 405----395----------440------460
    Max Dead:475-----485----------551------570
    CHINUPS - Bodyweight + 135, x1, dead hang. Still working on the one arm chinup.

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    Heat helps loosen the muscles, if its swollen its a good idea to use ice or something cold as it will help the swelling go down.

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    have you checked with your doc yet? Seriously, you don't know if this is a muscle, ligament, or tendon tear...or what area is affected...and as time goes on other areas may be affected by trying to compensate for whatever you messed up...ie. I tore my MCL and as a result of overcompensating for the injury I ended up tearing my piriformis.

    Figure out what's really wrong first. The usual element of R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) will do little for a tendon or ligament, but wonders for a muscle tear. Is it even swollen? You compress, ice, and elevate swollen areas, you NEVER APPLY HEAT initially as it will only increase the edema and cause more injury to the area. Again, suck it up and go see your doctor. Best of luck.
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    I don't think it's swollen at all, it doesn't feel *bigger.*

    So far it's been 11 days since I first injured it; It doesn't hurt at all unless I try and lift something heavy.

    Is there any way to tell if it is a ligament or muscle tear other then going to a doctor? With something like this it seems he will tell me to either:

    A) Stop lifting untill it heals.

    or

    B) Use the R.I.C.E. method. And Take IBuprofen.

    I am already doing both (Except I am no longer icing it).

    Our "insurance" at the moment only covers me if I get in a plane crash/car wreck/something of that nature. The coverage I get for anything else is pathetic (A whole 2.65 off of my 40 dollar acne medication!), so I'm a real reluctant to go to a doctor.
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    your medication shouldn't have anything to do with your insurance. it's usually part of a prescription plan. this really isn't something you want to take a chance with...go to the doctor.
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