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I've been working a quadricep injury for the last two months. At night it hurts and throbs. Although it hurts doing weightless squats, and lunges, stationary treadmill and bike ( cold here) I push through it. Because it feels like a block, I must have water etc going to the site. Im confused as to what to do...do you think, at this point, my leg (hip area too) would really benefit from a week of Ibuprofen?
Tired of hobbling, so I'd greatly appreciate your feedback.

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The only benefit to such a drug would be pain reduction.  Other than that, it's chock full of downsides.  Look up "ibuprofen side-effects" for examples.

And even for pain, it would just be a band-aid, with no healing benefit.  You might consider getting a professional to look at it for diagnosis.  At least that way you'd have some peace of mind and have a clear idea of how to proceed.

Now the body can heal many things on it's own when treated well with a strong lifestyle.  In addition to everything we teach here regarding diet, rest, hydration, sun, etc, try some gentle self massage in the whole affected area.  Put the joints through a gentle range of motion as able.  And hydrotherapy works wonders.  Wrap the bare limb in a wet towel as hot as you can stand, covering with another dry thick towel for heat retention. Repeat as necessary.

I'd lay off direct exercise to that area, other than what I mentioned, until you're noticing significant improvement.  

You can still work upper body and perhaps the posterior chain to stay fit.  Keep us informed, ok? :)

Great advice!  I heartily agree!

For pain this little device works wonders: http://www.heartratemonitors.com/omron-pm3030.html?productid=omron-...

We were able to pick one up at our local drug store (Walgreens).

How does this thing work in practice, Shell?

No restriction on blood flow?

Do you find it helps with just pain so you can function or actually aid healing in some way?  

Beats drugs any day!

my son has used this twice when he had severe debilitating lower back pain from stress, (I think it was the end of melon season). ;)

At first we massaged it, did hot towels, hot and cold treatment, light stretching, but he was still in agony.  Our old heating pad finally conked out on us so I went to buy a new one and saw these and we tried it and it worked after one use, we did one more treatment and that was it, he was totally pain free.  We used it again at the end of Valencia season and no more pain after one use this time.  

I told another lady with ankle pain and she said it worked right away for her.

One reason I decided to try it is that our chiropractor had used EMS on us for injuries which works differently but it reminded me of that technique.  An EMS device might be good too in this situation since it does stimulate the muscle and increases circulation.


Should be standard for all 12 steppers in fruit withdrawal programs ;)


more info. right off the instruction manual: 

How does it work?

Scientific theory suggests that electrical stimulation therapy may work in several ways:

1. The gentle electrical pulses move through the skin to nearby nerves to block or shut out the pain message from ever reaching the brain from the source of pain.

2. The gentle electrical pulses increase the production of the body's natural pain killer, such as endorphins.

3. Furthermore, it is thought that the electrical stimulation improves blood circulation as well.  Muscles contract and relax with the flow of the electrical stimulation.   With repeated contracting and relaxing, the blood flows in and out and the blood circulation is improved.

So it actually helps with blood flow! :)  

I agree, rest makes sense to me and has worked time and time again.
Isn't inflammation the body's natural healing response? Wouldn't want to suppress that. Drugs suck :P

Thank you Brad,Windlord,and Ednshell. You,all, gave me such wonderful suggestions, and exactly what I needed to hear......Ibuprofen is no longer an option.

Before I make a trip to a doctor or Walgreens, I'm going to check out your hydrotherapy suggestion and lay off direct exercise to that area.

I'll keep you posted:)

The advise already posted here plus a few things that will allow you to avoid ibuprofen. Cherries... tart, sweet, frozen or juice. Just about any and all cherries have numerous studies that show they are as effective as anti-inflammatory meds while also being healthy for you.


If you're about to take over the counter Anti-inflammatory meds and we can't steer you away then you might look up NAC first.

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)

An inexpensive amino-acid that restores intracellular levels of one of the body’s most powerful antioxidant defenses, glutathione (GSH). 

It is given in hospitals to counteract tylenol poisoning. It's also one of the best Anti-inflammatory treatments around. Hospitals also give this to heart attack patients and athletes that over train and run into rhabdomyolysis. (Rhabdo) 




Reed. After my workout today, I made my first... and soon to be many...tart, sweet cherry smoothie. Thank you.

I looked over the NAC links, too- thank you. Have you ever taken it?

Pain killers are for surgery NEVER for training/racing unless one is willing to spend more time injured after the event/block of training.

Pain from injury indicates we need to STOP training and do something else whilst the body recovers. Work out what caused the injury in the first place. If it was an accident then work out how to avoid a similar situation in the future.

Pain killers are used by all pro athletes on race day to block the pain of racing/big events. That has risks as well cos if you do a little tear out on the court, you wont feel it and are at increased risk of greater injury.



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