I certainly understand not to go for meds during a planned ride if it doesn't seem to be absolutely inevitable. Go on and look how it feels is just what I would have done also. Just as I did some times and would do some more. Healin' up: No you just can't speed it up, it takes some time (due to the age, AMHIK ). But you can go on with it, constantly. Constant training, always a bit "inside the light level of pain" will improve recovery to a point far beyond doctors prediction. I ripped my biceps (not the tendon(s), as usual, the muscle itself) into pieces. 90% dia, 70% of the length, MRT showed 4 "independent parts" formerly connected, now just ripped apart. No possible surgery to stitch it together, as teay told me. Head physician told me he never saw that in >30 years of experience; predicted I won't get back more than 10% of the former strength plus about 18 months to get to this point. H was correct about the duration; it took a while. For 9 months every contraction ended up in a muscular spasm within just 10-30 sec.; taking 10-20 minutes to get it kneaded out. Not really funny, hurts a bit. I started training it as soon as the bones around were healed up to stability and those spasms didn't come i m m e d i a t e l y , but allowed me one or two pulls at the biceps machine in the gym before starting. At the beginning I was able to pull 10 kgs 'bout 3-4 times. Some 18 months after I ripped it I was back at pulling 50 kgs, 50 repetitions, no spasms. This means I'm back at 50-60% of my former strength; going on improving. IMHO this was worse than the other "damages" I got out if this crash (some broken vertebs plus some bones of minor importance as clavicle, scapula and some ribs); those were more surgeries, but less painful, summed up. But working on it constantly gets one further than expectable at the beginning. From the very beginning of this recovery I laughed at the doctor's prediction "No, you won't be able to ride motorcycles again!". And yes, I'm a bit stubborn. Just a bit.