Injury rehab…my own!
Newsflash…..Trainer gets injured!! Yes, its true. The person who tells others how to get healthy suffers major hip injury and turns into couch potato chip…with ranch on the side. What’s the real true Hollywood story?
Welcome back to the blog! It’s been a few weeks since the last one and lots of news to report. Update…I finally got rid of the nagging and intense hip pain that put me down for 2 months. It’s been an interesting journey down the road to injury and back and I learned a few things about my body. First, I really listened to the signals of injury and how my body was responding to the daily stressors of life mixed with some major intense hip pain unlike anything I have ever felt during my career as a health and fitness consultant. I couldn’t walk correctly much less do any exercise below the waist. It was my right side hip flexor but it felt much deeper than that and I was really in a lot of pain. Second, during my self imposed krav maga hiatius, I started going to see my acupuncturist Dr. Lee up to three treatments a week. Each time I would get needles in my neck, hands, hips, legs and feet. Then I would get cupped in 10 places all over my back for a total attack on my injured areas. When I saw the amount of fluid that Dr. Lee had drained out of the affected area I knew two things… first, I really injured myself and I wasn’t sure exactly how and second, I knew I needed an x-ray. I was having trouble straightening my leg while laying on my stomach. The pain was sharp and intense and I had to quickly find a comfortable position or the burning pain would return. Now I started to worry that my injury was not confined to only soft tissue but perhaps detachment of a ligament or worse. I hadn’t had an injury (notice I said injury…yup, I was more than sore) for about two years when I hurt my knee and ripped the bursa sac under my right patella. That one was from krav maga…it took 3 months to rehab that one. Had to do an MRI, xrays and pill therapy.
Anyways, I had a few x-rays taken and discovered that I was worse than than originally thought. My L 4 and 5 disks and S1 disk were at the beginning stages of degeneration and losing space between the disks due to getting older and high risk activity. I had to face a new reality….I’m getting older and not recovering as fast anymore. Oy vey!
I stretched each day, used my foam roller and got plenty of sleep. I increased my water intake and lowered my caloric intake to compensate for my lack of exercise. I also used my body’s pain meter to guide me thru my routines and if I felt pain then I stopped and found another position. I still had to train my clients and those were some very painful days and nites. I wore my tens unit to keep my hip stimulated throughout the day. Advil liquidgels also helped. As I continued this schedule I began to improve slowly and soon enough I felt better and better until today where nothing hurts and I feel fantastic.
The lesson was well learned and I kept notes throughout my journey so I will always have a reference point to remember what worked and what didn’t. My current workout routine has some newer exercises to keep my form and posture looking good and I’ve taken some stuff out completely that is more risky than I need at this current time. Remember, training is a journey and the chance of injury is inevitable but the healing process is completely up to you. Listen to your body!