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Crankenstein_


May 10, 2011, 10:40 PM
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Pulled muscle - How long till I can climb again?
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At rock climbing Yesterday I attempted a climb that was definitely out of my league and I managed to pull a muscle in my stomach just to the side of my abdominals (I believe it is called the oblique?).

It's not quite as painful as it was yesterday but it is still a little tender.

I have two questions:

Will it be possible for me to go climbing on Friday (3 days after I hurt myself) as long as the pain has stopped or is that too soon?

Are there any good stretches to prevent this sort of thing from happening again? I already stretch my arms, fingers and legs but I guess It just never occurred to me that I might need to stretch my torso as well.

Thanks guys :)


dindolino32


Mar 6, 2012, 10:03 PM
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I just did this too, however it wasnt out of my league. I actually sent it the day before no problems. Anyway I haven't really found much on this either but it's been a week and I still can't climb! How long did it take for u to fully recover? The day after I tweaked it, I could barely lift or bend over to pick something up and coughing was horrendous too. I do yoga weekly and will try to do some twisting motions to stretch when I heal. Id appreciate any info u have


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With muscle injuries, it really varies. The one NON-option is "just pull through the pain." I made that mistake with a pulled biceps tendon back in summer of 2005. I yanked the muscle, and proceeded to lift weights & boulder on it. All that did was get me 6 months of no climbing or lifting anything more than 10lb dumbbells, stretching and icing.

Honestly, I would consult a doctor or PT. The risk you run by working an injured muscle is putting yourself out for many months. I saw a PT for a paddling-induced back injury, and the recommendation was to stretch gently (not to the point of pain), ice it and, worst of all, wait.


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I had a minor pull on my left groin muscle in 2008, trained through it, kept forcing it, and my right compensated for about a month till it pulled as well. When both pulled, I heard a loud pop and felt some intense pain. I couldnt walk for a week and found out it was a grade III muscle strain and was out a year, I tried running after 5 months and re-pulled it, when I could have healed the first minor pull over the span of a month or so. Let it heal before you pop something else, and R.I.C.E. is the way to go.


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