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Old 02-19-2011, 02:19 PM   #1
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Any recommendations for a bursa tear (back of knee)? How long does it generally take to heal?
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:22 PM   #2
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Mobility, if it doesn't hurt. Massage too.

If there's swelling, RICE it up and massage and anti-inflams

Any type of tearing within the body is very similar to tissue healing rates of teh skin but your mileage may vary depending on how vascularized the area/tissue is. Could be about 1-2 weeks... maybe 2-3... maybe longer.

You should be able to tell how fast it's healing within the first week or so as it starts to improve
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No swelling. I got acupuncture yesterday and then it started bruising up today, which was weird. Getting massage on Wednesday. Posting photos... the white stuff is from some patch my acupuncturist gave me.
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Retrograde Massage to the hamstrings will help with the inflammation and scar tissue formation. It might help the ecchymosis also?
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Right on. I'm getting massage and possibly taping on Wednesday. I do work trade with a really amazing LMT who has worked with a lot of pro athletes, which is great, since she can identify injuries and solutions without telling me to stop lifting, squatting, wrestling or doing sit-ups.

After talking to the amazing Mr. Low, we think it may not be a bursa tear after all but possibly a stretched ligament or irritated cartilage/meniscus (from hyperextension) or a burst blood vessel. If I'm still limping in a week or two I'll probably get it looked at to make sure it's not a more serious meniscus issue.

Taking time off is gonna suck, but I'll do what I have to.
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Or maybe I tore/strained the popliteus muscle. Self-diagnosis ftw!
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lol, stop overanalyzing.

Just let it heal and then see where it goes from there.

Could be a popliteal strain. Doubt you tore it through though
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But it's snowing! There's nothing to do but overanalyze! I heard straining the popliteus would cause the weird bruising... not sure torn ligament/cartilage would. Anyway, doesn't matter. Lots of drugs FTW. Too bad I can't mix alcohol.
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