Hi. I have had stiff back for almost a year now. Every couple months my back would just give out and I need to be in bed for couple days before I can walk straight again.
About 2 to 2 1/2 months ago my back was a little stiff and I bent down to do something and right there I felt that I pull my right thigh tendon - the Vastus Lateralis, actually. The pain starts at the top right below my pelvis bone on the rigit side, and radiates along the tendon to my knee. But the pain was very minor, and what came next was much more serious.
About 5 weeks ago my back got stiff again, after a day and a half of rest I decided to be more active and started to do some cleanup in the garage. That involved a lot of bending. Afterward I was so stiff I couldn't walk straight and had to go rest in bed. After couple hours I could not get up without intense pain along where both my Gluteus Maximus (please check on wikipedia as this is the most accurate way I know to describe it) join my hip bone. And if I made a wrong move my muscle would go into a painful spasm.
So I was in bed for two weeks and the only place I could go was to the bathroom. I couldn't really stand as any load placed on my lower back would cause it to hurt.
After two weeks I was about to move around a little. After four weeks I was able to walk around straight but I could not sit for long as the pain would start to appear and I would need to stand up and walk around a little bit.
Now it's been five weeks. I can walk around, sit for more than 20 minutes depending on the chair. Can bend over the sink a little without too much pain. However, what is really bothering me is that my Vastus Lateralis tendon on my right thigh still hurts a little when I pull on it - as when I do some stretching on my back in bed.
So my question is, am I doing it more harm than good since I've been doing stretching exercise and stretching makes it hurt? How long does it usually take a pulled tendon to heal? As for the rest of my lower back - if I use the muscle it hurts. If I pull on the muscle (like dangling myself from a pull-up bar, for instance), it hurts. I think the tendons are still inflamed.
My lower back hurts but this right thigh tendon is really worrying me because I thought it should've been healed by now.
I don't have any numbness or pain and needle or mobility issue and my thigh pain is really only apparent when I pull on the muscle and has nothing to do with whether my spine is under load. I'm just wondering if it would ever heal 100%.
I figure I would need to get this tendon straightened out before I deal with my back. I did see a doctor about 3 weeks ago but my lower back pain was much worse and thus I did not notice that I still got pain along my right thigh tendon.
Again should I be stretching the tendon before it heals 100%? How long does it usually take a pulled tendon to heal? Thanks for any help.