injured but not sidelined
Friday, February 15, 2013
Around January 19, my back and neck were so sore that I had a professional sports massage. Then my right bicep got terribly sore. And then, just as I was about to breathe a sigh of relief that my body was done with the b.s., my left wrist started to hurt. Not a lot, but it's a joint, so I was a little freaked out, especially when it kept on hurting. I tried to take it easy but it kept hurting so after 2 weeks, I went to an orthopedic surgeon who diagnosed it as a ligament issue and put me on a powerful arthritis drug, ice therapy, and a brace. It's been a week now, and I don't have to take the drug anymore or do the ice therapy. I need to wear the brace for another week; then I need to wear a soft wrap on it when I work out, but not all the time. So it's a thing that's supposedly going to get better. On the other hand, he did say that ligaments, once injured, "never heal" (yay) so it will always be something to watch out for.
I guess the pain is caused by the inflammation. It has gotten better over the course of this week with the anti-inflammatory drug and the ice and rest, but it still hurts if I bend my wrist. The pain isn't the problem - what bothers me is knowing that I will make it worse if I'm not really careful.
There's not a lot you can do without your wrists, as I have discovered. Especially when it comes to strength training (my gym routine), since most weights, machines, and apparatus have to be held onto. I've been doing a bit more lower body, and using the bench for abs instead of the pullup bar, and I've discovered a few machines that I never used before at my gym. But it still sucks... there are a lot of things I can't do that I really want to do.
I'm going back on glucosamine-chondroitin supplements. Who knows if they actually work but I guess it's worth a try.
I hope it all works out... because wrists are essential for my sport (street workout). My biggest fear is that I will have to stop doing some of the exercises I love the most -- but I have to say that my orthopedist didn't think that would happen. He even told me to continue working out and just to lay off the weights on the wrist for a few weeks; once I switch to the soft brace, I can do what I usually do, just stop if it hurts. I guess I got off easy ... but I do have to be careful for ... I guess the rest of my life?
Conclusion: take really good care of your joints. Unlike bones, they never heal. Damn it.