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Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Ozurumba, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. Ozurumba

    Ozurumba Yellow Belt

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    well there didtn seem to a be a thread about getting injured so i figured i poke around here and see what you guys thought.

    Ive been training in BJJ for about 2 months now. And i get hurt almost every day lol. I dont mind actually. its just pain. but i think this time i am injured. which sucks. Basically i feel like its my lower rib or my floating rib (i think) it hurts bad on my back (middle back right side). i can walk with no pain but as soon as i shift my weight too fast or put pressure on my ribs OH MAN it hurts bad back there. anyone here every had this. i got it while i was on my back in the dojo. a guy threw his weight on me and thats when it really started paining me. seems to be slowly getting better but i just wanted some advice as to what you guys might think it is exactly. thanks

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  2. Q mystic

    Q mystic Silver Belt

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    You may have stretched an intercostal?. The ligament between the ribs. Just takes time, if it feels like it is getting better.
     
  3. Ozurumba

    Ozurumba Yellow Belt

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    ok make sense, my gf agrees too and knew what that was.

    well so far ive been putting Icy Hot on it and wrapping my chest/back with an ace bandange right over the pained area. think this is a good idea? i just did those things last night and today i have less pain so im thinking probably.

    Also one thing i forgot to mention (to find out if this is muscle or bone) it seems when i press into the ride side of my rib cage that i can induce pain. this makes me wonder if it was actually my rib. would it hurt when i lightly pressed on my ribs if this was a muscle/ligament injury?

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  4. Shaldag

    Shaldag Orange Belt

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    the `fact that it hurts when you touch doesnt distiguish bone or soft tissue injuries, but it sounds like you hurt a ligament, muscle or tendon.
     
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    Very true.
     
  6. Resident A-hole

    Resident A-hole Orange Belt

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    I had a similar injury to my false ribs on 1 side. It was from a newb in BJJ class squeezing his closed guard as hard he could. It was a little annoying at the time, but I sat there & let him tire himself out, then went about rolling. The next day, it took me a while to figure out why it hurt, but that was it. I took a few days off, & alternated ice/heat & it healed.

    I also tore some cartilage in my ribs on a different occasion from bridging real hard to the side. That was extremely painful & it took 3 weeks before I could twist my body without body. Your injury is more form an impact, so I doubt you have the same thing.
     
  7. tf

    tf Inside BJJ Podcast

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    I started grappling about a year ago. I was out of shape and hadn't really done anything physical in about 5 years. When I started, I was basically busted up for the first 6 or 7 weeks. Everytime I went to class, I came home with a new pain. Once, I thought I jacked my throat up bad. It hurt for two weeks compliements of a triangle choke. Eventually, your body gets used to the grappling movements and you get better at moving, and the pain and injuries subside a bit. You're always going to be prone to pain as long as you grapple though.
     
  8. bjjfighter91

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    lol id love to see you do wrestling practice.
     
  9. KenTheWalrus

    KenTheWalrus Blue Belt

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    When you initially hurt it did you have pain in your back when you took deep breathes? If you did it might be a Lumbar Muscle injury. From personal experience I can tell you to get medical attention, preferably from a back specialist. If it's bad enough (a tear or severe sprain/strain) it might never heal on it's own. The Lumbar group is used quite often through regular movement and just walking, breathing, or shifting weight (like you noted) keep the muscles from healing. Basically, when I had a strain I went in for electolysis treatments 2 days a week for six weeks. The doctor would shock th muscle to build it's strength without adding more stress to the muscle. After that I started working my back more during my weight training. Good luck and I hope you have good insurance. -ken
     
  10. ClubberLange

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    Rest when injured, or they'll plague you forever.
    Some people will say, just push through the pain, you're body will adapt.
    Maybe, but mine didn't. Now I have all these annoying weaknesses that play up now and then, because I was too stupid to take time off.
    Rib injuries are a bitch IMO. They take so long to heal. You think they're 100%, then, a few months later *ping*
     
  11. GracieStudent

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    i have that now. rib injury. hurts when i roll on it. not so much the breathing or anything. although if i do take deep breaths it hurts. i'm muscling through it because i just strarted and i'll be damned if i stop the momentum right now when it's going so good. i'll just do breathing exercises and keep pushing through it. once i'm warmed up i can't really feel it as much. it's very common to get rib injuries in this sport from what i've heard everybody's had them. i don't care if it takes twice as long to heal i'm gonna push through
     

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