We all suffer joint injuries of various degrees at one time or another during our lifetime, even when we lead sedentary lives or we don’t train like athletes.
This is a lesson I’ve learned from both personal experience and training clients for almost three decades.
My first injury happened in my early thirties, before I knew anything about exercise. I hung from a chinning bar and pulled something on my left shoulder. Eventually the pain became so severe that I stopped being able to dress myself. A trip to the emergency room and subsequent X-Ray revealed I had spinal deterioration and one day I would need surgery. Scared out of my mind by the thought of surgery, I ran out of the emergency room and went to see a chiropractor.
The chiropractor gave me an adjustment. I left his office crying but the next day the pain was completely gone.
At the time I didn’t know the value of physical therapy, so I didn’t seek it. But years later, when I began training with weights, I noticed the limited range of motion on that shoulder, the result of not treating an injury properly. Had I had physical therapy, I would have regained my range of motion and would have saved myself many problems down the road.
Today I’m limited to the amount of weight I can lift on that left shoulder which is a lot less than I can lift with the right. But, I can live with that. At least I have no pain.
Over the years both of my knees have swelled. In both cases I’ve consulted with orthopedic surgeons and have had X-Rays taken.
After my last right knee injury, I stopped squatting. Saving my knee was more important that the thrill of squatting . To work my glutes I now do donkey kicks.
The most important lesson I’ve learned throughout all these trials is the value of physical therapy. The last time I went to rehab, I came home and continued all the exercises I was taught there. And I still do them, two years later. My knee now is free of pain and I can walk everyday comfortably.
I stretch every day and if I ever feel the least twinge of discomfort, I use an ice pack.

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