fitness is a contact sport…injuries, strains, and pains are inevitable

fitness is a contact sport…injuries, strains, and pains are inevitable

The fitbattle (working out) is a contact sport…injuries, strains, and pains are inevitable…

If you’ve followed my blog the last couple months you know about my hip pain caused by a weak and most likely strained hip flexor. My physical therapy for the hip flexor is down to simple check ins with the doc every two to three weeks. I still have hip pain but it’s much better, just a mild inconvenience and a lot less often.

The Physiotherapists (Bob and Graham) gave me six exercises to do focusing on my glutes and abs. In theory as I strengthen my glutes and abs my hip flexor relaxes and the pain subsides. The last time Bob poked my hip flexor I didn’t jump off the table in agony so all is well.

I’m sure you are wondering if I’m better why am I writing about this??? Well I have a new issue…my right forearm. It’s been bothering me for several weeks but I’ve ignored it in hopes that it will get better (all by itself). I considered talking to Bob about it several weeks ago and put it off fearing that he might tell me to stop using it. I’m already banned from the treadmill (for my hip flexor).

Chris asked me the other day what Bob said about my arm and of course I hadn’t talked to him about it yet so I had no answers. I finally decided to ask Bob about my new pain. Basically anything that requires a grip causes pain from my elbow down to my wrist. How bad is it? Well it hurts to pick up my 24 oz. water bottle so I use my left arm if that tells you anything.

The body amazes me. Here I’m thinking I strained my elbow or some muscle in my forearm (and I did), but the pain is the result of a strain caused by weakness of deep muscles in my right shoulder. My forearm muscles have compensated for weak muscles in/near my rotator cuff. This is similar to my hip flexor problem.

What I find fascinating is that the pain from my hip flexor is deflected to my hip (a solid eight inches away). Similarly a shoulder problem has resulted in a strain and pain in my lower arm.

Ah yes, I forgot…did Bob tell me not to use my arm? Nope, but he told me not lift anything over my shoulders/head (basically take it easy on the shoulders) until I build up the strength of the muscles in my right rotator cuff. You guessed it he gave me five shoulder exercises. The good news is that I only have to do these five new exercises with my right arm/shoulder for the first two weeks.

I’m seeing Bob again in three weeks and in the meantime Chris and I are giving my shoulders a break. For now I’m juggling eleven exercises assigned as homework by Bob and Graham in addition to my regular workouts. I’m hoping that by the time I see Bob again my hip flexor will be healed so I can focus on my rotator cuff rehab and drop the six hip related exercises from my routine.

Although Bob cringes when we talk about my workout intensity he did acknowledge that these problems are better than the alternative, meaning the implications of not being active and the resulting health problems. He also let me know that since I am active I’m bound to have injuries and I should plan on them recurring.

Like I said…the fitbattle is a contact sport…injuries, strains, and pains are inevitable.

no pain – no gain ::: know pain – know gain

Later! Kathi

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