The double muscle injury and bursitis that affect Karim Benzema

Fans hope that Benzema’s injuries will allow him to play the classic against Atlético. The club officially communicated that it is necessary to wait for the progression of his clinical picture.

Last update: 08 September, 2022

The match of the Champions League between Real Madrid and Celtic FC involved an extra question, in addition to the goals of the Spanish team. Karim Benzema had to retire due to a double muscle injury after 30 minutes.

Madrid fans were in suspense until the coach and the club itself officially confirmed the extent of the striker’s problem. Although the news did not end there.

After the tests carried out on our player Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the semitendinosus muscle and an overload on the quadriceps, both in the right thigh. Pending evolution.

~ Official medical report of Real Madrid ~

After the official part, the information was added that the MRI performed on the French reported a bursitis in his right knee. Therefore, with 10 days of rest it would be enough for his rehabilitated return to the fields.

Karim Benzema’s semitendinosus muscle injury

Karim Benzema’s double muscle injury involves the semitendinosus. This anatomical structure is not unknown to professional footballers, as it is often the cause of problems.

The muscle in question is part of the hamstrings, in company with the semimembranosus and biceps femoris. Its location in the inner area of ​​the thigh serves to flex the knee and to extend the hip.

When a soccer player makes abrupt starts and stops in the famous sprint, the semitendinosus has to respond immediately. For the strikers, the repetition of the gesture favors resentment in the area and premature wear that leads to injury.

It is also true that this muscle works very eccentrically in soccer. This means that, when running, you exert force even when you are in the relaxation or extension period. It is another reason that adds up as a risk factor.

The thigh is a muscular area that is frequently affected in soccer players, tennis players and runners.

What is hamstring strain?

Among the hamstring problems of elite soccer players, strain is one of the most frequent. Although Real Madrid has not specified the clinical name of Benzema’s painting, it can be suspected that this is part of the double injury.

Hamstring strains are classified, based on their severity, as follows:

  • First grade: it is a stretch. The athlete feels the discomfort, but can continue walking. It is possible that he does not run as usual, although there are cases in which the development is so progressive that the player finds out about the injury after finishing a training session.
  • Second grade: breaks in the muscle fiber are added here, in addition to excessive stretching. Therefore, there tends to be more inflammation and a dull ache that forces sports activities to stop.
  • Third degree: it is a frank tear. Some of the hamstrings lose the continuity of the tissue and there is an accumulation of blood (hematoma). The pain is intense and there is no way to continue physical activity.


Benzema’s quadriceps overload

The other part of Karim Benzema’s double muscle injury is in the quadriceps. This large thigh muscle is related to the hamstrings as they share an anatomical region.

The overloads can appear in any muscle of the body, although in soccer players they are more frequent in the lower limbs. Sometimes from a lack of proper rest; other times by a type of movement that maintains the tension of the fibers without relaxing enough.

As its name indicates, overload refers to excessive work done by the anatomical structure. That is why it is often speculated, among the causes, with demanding training that does not leave time to rest. It is also necessary to consider if there was a good warm-up prior to the moment in which the injury manifested itself.

The pain of quadriceps overload does not always prevent you from continuing with physical activity. There are athletes who spend days with the situation, showing slight discomfort, until finally the muscle no longer responds to them.

The part of the quadriceps that is most overloaded is the anterior one, which is the one that connects the most with the knee. For this reason, the departure of the striker from Real Madrid set off the alarms due to the suspicion of a problem in that joint.



Right knee bursitis on MRI

The day after the game, the Real Madrid medical team requested an MRI of the right knee to rule out meniscus problems. That would mean a much longer loss than Benzema’s double muscle injury.

Fortunately, the study report yielded a diagnosis of bursitis. That is, there is inflammation of the bags with synovial fluid that protect the contact area between the bones of the knee.

The treatment is quite simple and does not involve a surgical intervention, as if it would have happened in the context of a meniscus injury. The French striker will have to rest, not load the knee with efforts, apply local cold and start a rehabilitation process with physiotherapy.

Medications are sometimes indicated to relieve pain and inflammation. The most commonly used are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

The prognosis is almost always good. It would be very rare for there to be a complication and it is assumed that the kinesiology approach will be optimal, due to the quality of care that a top team like Real Madrid has.

The causes of this bursitis can be compared to those that would have caused Karim Benzema’s double muscle injury. The demands of the high level, elite training and the technical gestures of football are usually behind.

Knee bursitis is a diagnosis that, in professional soccer, is manageable and not that serious.

What awaits the striker?

With the confirmation of bursitis, Benzema’s prognosis improves. We would have to wait 10 days of official inactivity, so he would not have to be present against Mallorca or on the next date of the Champions League.

What the fans want is for him to arrive in full for the match against Atlético on Sunday, September 18. The calculations seem to be in his favor. We will know in the next week.

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