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2/13/13 9:58 A

My suggestion is to go swimming. It keeps all the ligaments moving, and without any strain on the joints. That was the suggestion my dr gave me for my hip pain.

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2/13/13 6:38 A

I messed up a ligament in my wrist so I'm off wrists for the time being. I don't have elbow and shoulder problems so I'm sure most of these won't work for you but some of them may, just give the list a glance and see if any of these will work.

Pec deck machine for chest
Rowing torso machine for rear delts and traps
Decline crunch holding weight plates to chest for abs
Bicycle crunch holding weight plates to chest for obliques
V-ups for abs

I haven't had to modify for lower back or lower body. I'm not sure what to say for lats, since I'm only restricted on one side, I've been doing assisted one-arm pullups with my good side. If you have an unaffected side that might be possible.

I still haven't found anything for triceps or biceps. Not sure if any of these will work for you though.

In my sport they say that a way to keep from going backwards in terms of strength when resting joints is to do static holds in positions that don't aggravate anything. So if you can't do a pullup because of your elbow, you might be able to get into a flexed arm hang and just hold it as long as you can.

I've never had bursitis so I don't know if these are okay but I'm just giving ideas based on restrictions I'm dealing with. I know how frustrating it is to be on restriction. Keep your spirits up. This may be your time to focus on lower body, if you can't work around the bursitis. Make sure to ask your orthopedist for recommendations. Mine gave me some rehab exercises to do to strengthen the small muscles around my wrist and to hopefully prevent future ligament issues. Maybe yours can give you something similar that can help take some of the pressure off the joint itself. For my ligament I'm on a very powerful anti-inflammatory drug, did your doctor give you anything like that? I'm amazed by the difference in just a few days of being on it.

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2/12/13 10:46 P


I too would suggest you talk with your doctor to see what exercises you could do without exacerbating the bursitis.

Coach Nancy

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2/12/13 9:29 P

The best thing to do is to ask your doctor. I was going to say planks on forearms, but that won't work. You can do pushups standing against the wall and it doesn't put as much weight on your wrists, but I'd want to check with a dr and/or a personal trainer. emoticon

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2/12/13 9:21 P

I have bursitis in my elbow, wrist and shoulder so I can't do exercises like push-ups or planks. Are there any alternative exercises that I can do to get the same results?

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