Well it’s been 4 weeks to the day since I tore my hip flexor. It’s been a shitty time. Not as bad as an ACL tear, but a close second. You don’t realize how often you use these muscles until you injure them. For example, I’ve kept going to the gym to lift weights throughout the healing process. I’ve simply modified my workouts. I found out the first day that I couldn’t lie flat on a bench to press. This stretched the torn muscles causing my eyes to start glistening and noticeable whimper to those in my vicinity. So lying flat was out. Next I found that sitting on a shoulder press bench with my knees bent more than 90 degrees caused sever cramping. This wasn’t as bad as the stretching, but painful nonetheless. Finally I thought I could do some bent over dumbell rows. Unbeknownst to me, as soon as my lower abs contracted to brace, my breath would immediately be taken away and I would want to fall down. It was a bit of trial and error. I’ve spent a lot of time on the elliptical machine and doing machine circuits. I’m happy to say though, that it’s finally starting to feel better.
I started physiotherapy this week. He puts me through hell, but I feel so good when it’s over. The way he explained it to me is like this. I partially tore both the Psoas and the Iliacus. That’s why I have pain sitting up or lifting my legs while in bed. The thinks that that they are healing well. However, he also believes that the Iliacus has attached itself to bone during that healing process. That is what is causing the sever pain when the area is stretched. basically, the muscle has become too short. So what he’s doing is breaking the muscle away from the bone; re-tearing it if you will. Goddamn it hurts!
He’s expecting a full recovery which is what I wanted to hear. I really am going bat shit crazy being off the mats. It’s weird. I think about quitting Jiu Jitsu so much when I’m able to do it, but now that I can’t, all I want to do is get back on the mats. Yep, I’m fucked… Anyways, I plan on letting it fully heal before I get back out there. I have a trip to Whistler planned in January and I want to be able to ski as aggressively as I usually do.