Back to rehab – a travel related injury
Monday, October 07, 2013
First of all, it’s not serious or exercise related and won’t impact my running. It’s just one more consequence of not paying attention. However, it is taking me back to the wonderful world of rehabilitation twice a week for the next 6 weeks.
About 10 weeks ago, I tossed a heavy bag backwards over the front seat of our car to get it out of my way. Since I was in the passenger seat, I used my left arm. I’m strongly right handed. I felt a twinge in my upper arm/shoulder, but didn’t think any more about it. We were leaving on vacation. I had other things on my mind. The bag was my airplane carry-on and weighed about 12 lbs.
Over the next months I noticed some twinges/aches/pain when I moved a certain way, but all were easily ignored and didn’t really impact my activities.
Finally, back in the USA, back to SP and regular workouts, I noticed a difference. My left arm hurt during upper body workouts and there was a decrease in its range of motion.
When laying flat on my back for crunches/sit-ups, I could not put my left elbow flat on the floor. Occasionally, I would wake up at night when I rolled over. Hmm, I didn’t like where this was going.
So with a referral from my doctor off I went to rehab – the same group who fixed up my knee last year after my fall.
Diagnosis: I didn’t tear anything, but I have an “impingement.” OK, unimpinge me!
I feel better after only 1 session with the therapist and doing my home exercises faithfully each day. So, this looks like a solution. I’ll keep my appointments.
Confession: Looking around at the people with major mobility issues, I felt like a bit of a wimpy complainer. However, back in 2006 I ignored a similar injury which eventually became a “frozen shoulder.” So this time I decided to be proactive. Staying mobile is very important as we age and if I need help to achieve this, then I will seek it out.
My klutz record:
That frozen shoulder was the result of a fall when I tripped over a planter outside a restaurant. I was checking out the location of the “Cheesecake Factory” and not looking where I was going.
Last year’s knee problem occurred when I tripped over a step at a buffet while checking out the dessert table in the distance.
Once I fell while walking down a banked driveway and looking at the “beautiful moon.”
The moral of this story: I’ve got to pay attention to what I’m doing.