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Injuries & niggles... Who's got what and are you coping?!

Applenoob

Banned
Unfortunately I'm suffering from a duff right shoulder again (impinged nerve, torn supraspinatus and a micro tear to my right long-head bicep tendon)

All healing well but taking a long time as I've not stopped training (bar the last few days due to sinusitis coming back to haunt me)!

Have had a few injuries whilst I competed in powerlifting and weightlifting; never got injured in strong man though bar cuts, grazes and bruises etc... Frustrating!

What are you stiffening with currently and how are you getting on?
 

Charlts

Well-known Member
Dose of knee aids, it's painful, crunchy and reduced rom which is never a good sign. Once my comps are out of the way I'll get a scan as it's in the back if my head that I'll be making it worse. Coping strategy is ice when needed and I've got some naproxen to see me through next week at work.
 
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Deleted member 51156

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Stretching my hamstrings and quads and doing some strengthening exercises for my glutes and adductor muscles with a 66 fit band has all but banished my meniscal knee niggles.. Full steam ahead for now...
 

Applenoob

Banned
See fortunately I've never had any issues with my knees; it's all been shoulders and elbows :(
 

Applenoob

Banned
Tell me about it!

I've got round my elbows by keeping up with supplements (cod liver oil, omega oils and glucosomine with chondroitin) and when pressing heavy I use my Vulkan neoprene sleeves (just for warmth) and when very heavy my Stregthshop Thor sleeves although they're getting a bit loose now...
 
nothing serious...had a slight bad bad which made me stop deadlifts and squats for a while... and also a sore right shoulder...

but they;re slowly getting better...but had no realt rest with them either :)
 

PSM1

Distinguished Member
I know competitions can feel important and if being training hard for one it is hard to let go but surely training (and competing) with an injury is just madness. You could be doing more damage making the recovery later even longer, you could even be creating permenant damage meaning you can never compete again and you will not be performing at your peak for the competition either. As an amateur (I assume you are not professional although it would not make sense for a professional to ruin their career either) it just seems to make sense to rest and recover when injured as there will be other competitions which you can hit at full pace once fully recovered.
 

Applenoob

Banned
It's just one of those things

A lot of people ask the same; why?! etc...

I've had niggles a lot of the time but lately my right shoulder cradle/bicep issue have made me slow down and train a lot lighter than normal meaning my whole training routine has changed to allow me to train still but also recover at the same time

Even though I no longer compete I still struggle to not train! If you're not an avid gym-goer like myself it'll be hard for people to understand

I train 4-5 times a week and coach a few lads at the gyms I train at also; it's a commitment that I stick to more because I love it so much and secondly because if I don't get to training; it drives me up the wall!

I'm knowledgeable about the issues I have and injuries that have happened so I make sure that what I do is right to stop these getting worse and I'm very good at stopping if anything starts to feel abnormal or painful etc...
 

PSM1

Distinguished Member
I know what you mean as I train up to 8 times a week (run, bike and swim) but not in a gym. It is hard to break the habit when in a routine but needs to be done at times. Comments more towards post with the bad knees.
 

Applenoob

Banned
Aye I agree with the knees part

When I tore both my rotator cuffs (left one in the March of 2012 and then right at the end of April) I took 2 months away from training anything upper body and just trained legs!

Mad you might say but I had to keep myself moving or else I'd have got lazy and mad at myself!

All I did was light to medium heavy squats; lots of leg pressing, leg extensions and stiff-legged deads etc...
 

Charlts

Well-known Member
I'm a physical wreck anyway, at some point I'll likely end up in a wheel chair, having learnt to walk again in my twenties after an accident I'm not going to let a creaky knee put me off. I've always wanted to do a strongman comp since I was a kid and putting it off isn't going to happen as I may never get the chance again. I'll never progress past novice comps as I'm not prepared to do what's required to be competitive, so I'll be grinning through any knee pain and loving every minute of the comp! :)
 

Applenoob

Banned
I'm a physical wreck anyway, at some point I'll likely end up in a wheel chair, having learnt to walk again in my twenties after an accident I'm not going to let a creaky knee put me off. I've always wanted to do a strongman comp since I was a kid and putting it off isn't going to happen as I may never get the chance again. I'll never progress past novice comps as I'm not prepared to do what's required to be competitive, so I'll be grinning through any knee pain and loving every minute of the comp! :)

Good lad :D :thumbsup:
 

sniffer66

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Left shoulder plays me up quite a bit, as does the bicep. Have arthritis in my feet around my toe joints so any running is painful now. My knees also hurt regularly. I'm now 48 and find my joints give me pain before my muscles can't cope so hampers what I can lift. And I have vertigo from an ear problem so have balance issues squatting, calf raising and ohp

Apart from the above it's all good :)
 

Thug

Moderator
Similar to the OP, I have a right bicep issue.
Its been hurting since the end of last year, but I am not resting it.
I am not quite sure if its my forearm, bicep or elbow, but I suffer a lot of pain when I do curls (or anything to do with the bicep, like rows etc).
Its a very bad stabbing pain, that goes off after about 3 or 4 curls, but it doesn't stop me from dreading doing them.
I have not been to the gym in the last week (due to my birthday and going away) to see if it helps at all.
 
yeah, it's an addictive hobby for sure... I'm 44 next week and currently training 5 days a week...

I get inspired by these oap blokes you see on youtube who are strong as ox's... that's something I inspire to...

I'd hate the thought not being fit enough to run for a bus or something... :(
 

PSM1

Distinguished Member
Why not go and see a sports pyhsio? They should be able to diagnose the problem and give you a recovery strategy to make it better. This could involve rest but could also involve exercising certain support muscles to ensure everything is balanced correctly.
Had a few shoulder issues a couple of years ago with my swimming but one visit to the physio got a good diagnosis and told to do certain exercises to ensure my shoulder remained balanced. Been doing those for the last few years and not had another issue with it despite doing quite a bit of swimming per week during last summer. Continuing to train through pain is not the right way forward and will end in more damage and longer recovery.
 

Applenoob

Banned
Why not go and see a sports pyhsio? They should be able to diagnose the problem and give you a recovery strategy to make it better. This could involve rest but could also involve exercising certain support muscles to ensure everything is balanced correctly.
Had a few shoulder issues a couple of years ago with my swimming but one visit to the physio got a good diagnosis and told to do certain exercises to ensure my shoulder remained balanced. Been doing those for the last few years and not had another issue with it despite doing quite a bit of swimming per week during last summer. Continuing to train through pain is not the right way forward and will end in more damage and longer recovery.

That's not a certain though!

I'm very fortunate that I see an osteopath who is my father in laws best pal and I also see an ex- GB Olympic Team sports physio and they've both said that basically I'm doing the right thing bu not stopping training but keeping exercises that effect the painful areas light and higher reps and back off immediately when it gets painful etc...

Scar tissue in some cases can only be broken down by continuation of training as it's nigh on impossible for it to be manipulated any other way!

I do agree that seeing a good osteo or sports physio should be a must; I'd also stay clear of your doctors or chiropractors as generally they haven't got a clue about what to do as they're done specialise in that area!
 

PSM1

Distinguished Member
Without the proper advice I would say it is fairly certain you will end up causing more damage and I have seen it happen in my club. However, if like yourself you do get the proper advice then as you say often some kind of training/exercise is beneficial.
 

RicksonGracie1972

Distinguished Member
Currently have golfers elbow and very stiff knees. Bascially it hurts behind my knees when I kneel down. Any ideas anyone?
I wear an elbow strap when I lift and do Judo. The Golfers Elbow is only really stopping me from doing Bicep excercises and Chin Ups. I had 10 weeks of physio on my elbow and have been left to get on with it myself now with some stretching and gentle excercises.
 

Applenoob

Banned
Do you take any supplements to aid joint flexibility and recovery?

Do you do stretches for them inc. when warming up & warming down etc..

Golfers elbow could be bursitis and physio wont get rid of that unfortunately

Have you thought about seeing an osteopath to see if they can release any joint tension and tightness?
 

RicksonGracie1972

Distinguished Member
Do you take any supplements to aid joint flexibility and recovery?

Do you do stretches for them inc. when warming up & warming down etc..

Golfers elbow could be bursitis and physio wont get rid of that unfortunately

Have you thought about seeing an osteopath to see if they can release any joint tension and tightness?
I take Glucosomine and condrition and also Cod Liver Oil tablets. I'm also taking Amino Acids and protein shakes. I rattle when I walk:D
Yes I always warm up, then stretch then work out then warm down then stretch again. I didn't when I was young but I was indestructible then :).
The physio I saw was also an Osteopath so yes he tried releasing joint tension etc. In the end he said he had done all he could and that what I needed to do was stretch regularly and then slowly get the strength back in to my muscles/tendons.
i also wear a strap around my the top of my forearm when i'm at home which has helped a lot, this in addition to wearing an elbow support when I lift and do Judo.
 

RicksonGracie1972

Distinguished Member
Christ on a bike; and I thought I was bugg3red lol :p
I guess years of wear and tear are taking their toll on me.
I remember the days when I used to walk in to the gym, wave my arms around twice (for a warm up) and start benching heavy straight away. I cringe when I see young guys do that now.
 

PSM1

Distinguished Member
This thread has cursed me as since I last posted I managed to pull my lower back by looking in the boot of my car!!!! Now have one major niggle and my big race coming up in only 2.5 weeks. Seeing physio tomorrow and hoping can get it sorted by the race otherwise I will have to pull out and wait until next year!!!
 

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