After lasts week car incident, I thought I got away with being unharmed. It just goes to show how much I was taking my body for granted and not allowing enough time to heal. Unfortunately I did sustain some small injuries. I am still extremely fortunate that my injuries are only minor and the doctor did say that I can continue with Enduro this weekend, as long as I rested my body and allowed a sufficient amount of time to heal.
Under normal circumstances I would have probably took a day off and then carried on as normal, but with Enduro this weekend, I want to make sure that I can get through the full 24 hours. It is going to be a massive impact on my body anyway, so to minimise any potential on going injuries, I have taken my recovery very seriously.
At first I thought I hadn't really done anything except for a couple of bruises, but as it turns out, I tore a muscle in my lower back when I got hit. I thought it was a little odd that I didn't actually feel any pain until Thursday night and when I couldn't really move on Friday, I put it down to training at the gym and not the accident. It was only when I saw the doctor and he explained that it was caused by a direct impact from the car hitting me and it does take a few days for any pain to surface, especially with torn muscles. The pain establishes itself during the healing process, of course my main concern was whether I could complete in the Enduro Event. The doctor advised with some rest that is should be good to go, which is obviously great news. I am also happy that it did happen last week rather then this week, otherwise even the thought of running, jumping, crawling and doing whatever else really was not going to happen.
I have been prescribed a bunch of painkillers (diazepam) and anti inflammatory (athrexix) to help with the healing process, also applying warm packs. With the amount of bed rest that I have had and being house bound, I hope it is enough to help the recovery process.
A muscle tear can happen at any time and does not necessary mean that you need to have accident for it to happen, it can also happen during exercise or doing any normal everyday activities. It is so important to look after your back and body and to ensure that its on the best road to recovery regardless if you have an event or not.
I am quite a stubborn person and the thought of doing nothing is seriously driving me insane, but I know that this is the best way for me to recover as quickly as possible, so I am back on track and ready for the weekend. Its now been few days, so will start heading to the gym again for some light non strenuous exercises concentrating on stretching and walking, as the last thing I want to do it, is make it worse.
It was also recommended to do some hydrotherapy work, not actually swimming but just walking up and down in the pool to help with the recovery and minimise muscular atrophy which can make the pain worse and increase the risk of further injury.
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