I want to shout it from the rooftops…”NO hip pain, very little arm pain, and (most importantly) NO headache!”
I’ve been complaining about a couple of ailments the last several months… hip pain and arm pain.
The hip pain was the result of a weak hip flexor which was the original reason I saw Bob (Physiotherapist). It’s not completely healed but there is no more pain. For now all I need to do is continue the exercises Bob and Graham (the other Physical Therapist at the practice) gave me to build up the strength in my right hip flexor. The only residual issue is that I cannot run until I regain full strength.
The pain in my lower right arm started shortly after I was seeing Bob and I finally asked him to help me with it. At first I hesitated asking him because I was afraid that he would tell me to stop lifting. Bob diagnosed a weak rotator cuff resulting in my lower arm (from elbow to wrist) being strained due to compensating for the weak rotator cuff.
After about 4-6 weeks of more exercises for this issue there was no progress. Bob took another look at the problem and determined that I had a problem with my cervical spine which was causing the rotator cuff weakness. He made a few adjustments (pop, pop, pop).
Since Bob was working on my neck/spine I told him about a recurring problem that I’ve had with my neck which caused severe headaches on my lifting days. My Physicians Assistant (Doug) and my Nurse Practitioner (Julie) both diagnosed the headaches as a neck strain. The first time I had the problem Julie gave me some neck stretches to do and advised that I take Advil, take it easy, and have patience (Ha!).
The second go around with the headaches (neck strain) I asked Julie if there was a way to speed up the healing process and she had me see Doug for an adjustment.
Okay…fast forward back to present day…Bob made the adjustments to my neck (for my lower arm pain) which immediately improved the strength of my rotator cuff. (Bob is able to do strength tests to see if there’s any improvement after an adjustment or over time.)
What’s the problem? After the adjustment the headaches were back – #%&$!!! The good news…I immediately noticed an improvement in the arm pain. The last 10 days I’ve been seeing Bob for the headaches and I intentionally made my appointment for Wednesday this week (after my Tuesday workout with Chris) so I would know whether or not the headaches were better.
Unfortunately I experienced the worst ever headache on Tuesday night. It was so bad I was nauseous. I wasn’t sure I’d make it through my workout with Chris and I was, at best, 75 %. The headache was debilitating.
Yesterday morning I saw Bob and reported back on the headache and it’s severity. Bob went to work…here’s the part that I really don’t understand, but I’m not sure it really matters. Bob explained that he originally thought the source of the strain and headaches was the lower portion of my cervical spine but after a little more poking, prodding, and twisting he determined that the part of my spine just below my globe (head) was twisted a bit to the left.
A few more pop, pop, pops later and the laser heat therapy I was off cautiously optomistic that he fixed it this time. Although I was optomistic I made an appointment for Friday (tomorrow) just in case he didn’t. There was no way I was going to go another week with headaches.
The good news? Really GREAT news? Yep! No headache today during my workout with Chris. Hip hip hooray!!! There are no words to properly articulate how awesome it was to workout sans the headache. No, I do not really understand Bob’s diagnosis…but who cares? I felt like a million dollars during my workout today. I cannot wait to give Bob a BIG HUG!
Until tomorrow! Kathi