HOW I’VE SURVIVED JOINT INJURIES DURING MY 27-YEAR LIFTING CAREER

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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