Bashed leg syndrome adventures

Two weeks ago I bashed my shin on a single track section of trail while riding my Tallboy. I’ve suffered countless hours of pain and aggravation in the past couple weeks, due to me electing to leave my shin and kneecap protection in the car that night.
Short story= the wound blew up like a half a grapefruit, 2 doctors looked at it the next morning, I was inside an MRI machine within the hour, blood work was ordered. I read the orders and they were trying to rule out Compartment Syndrome. For those of you have heard of it ,
“Swelling that leads to compartment syndrome occurs from trauma such as a car accident or crush injury, or surgery. Swelling can also be caused by complex fractures or soft tissue injuries due to trauma. Compartment syndrome is most common in the lower leg.
Symptoms: The hallmark symptom of compartment syndrome is severe pain that does not go away when you take pain medicine or raise the affected area. In more severe cases, symptoms may include:
Decreased sensation (check)
Paleness of skin (check)
Severe pain that gets worse (not severe, but pain, yes)
Weakness (check)
I was told to stop hiking and bicycling until the pain went away, which has taken two weeks. I decided to try pushing it a bit early, and hiked 7 miles on day, and 6 the next. Here’s the terrain that made the difference.

20120418-105236.jpgIt appears to have worked in pushing the healing to near normal.
This injury has allowed me to feel for the backpackers who suffer the effects of a fall. It has driven home the need to use hiking poles, and to wake up and be with the Trail, wherever it may run.

2 thoughts on “Bashed leg syndrome adventures

  1. Tom – even you are mortal. I am dealing with my own ortho problems in prep for my planned hike. I found a great video on “Nordic Walking” which I am sure you already do when using poles…. best of luck on your healing.


    1. Thanks Joe, you know that I believe that any long distance hiker wanna- be should visit an experienced sports podiatrist to rule out any gait abnormalities that would set you up for overuse injury.


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