I am an 18 years old female. Today in cheerleading practice after streching my legs (i was practising for about 45-60mins before that) i tried to do the splits and went down without putting any pressure or feeling any pain. Then my front leg cracked and i feel intense pain after that. I applied ice with no much result. Could you understand by that how severe the strain is? And how much time will it need to recover?
Normally after doing that long time practicing and stretching it is not easy getting a severe stain,it is likely a Mild strain in your quadriceps as i understood but it takes 3 days Ice,rest and do Deep friction massage then it will take a week maximum to be better…
if your leg cracked and had intense pain following it,then this may be a muscle or ligament strain.
local analgesic spray,rest,compression bandage and anti inflammatory tablets will help.
such soft tissue strains will stop paining in 4-6 days time,but for them to fully recover from the internal injury,it may take 15-20 days.
consult a doctor and get xray/mri done if symptoms do not improve