[quote]bond james bond wrote:
[quote]Otto the Ecto wrote:
I think for some, joint health may become an issue. Especially if you were doing alot of repetitive movements (hammering nails for example).[/quote]
And that’s where I am today. Years of concrete floors, workboots and factory work have taken their toll.
Last fall I took down a bunch of trees in two days and my right elbow has still not fully recovered. Two days of holding a chainsaw did something to it. If I try to lift a tub of protein powder for example from the lid only like a claw, if feels like an icepick’s being jammed in on the outside of my elbow, not a pleasent feeling. I’ve had my share of injuries and broken bones like most active people but this elbow thing has me spooked the most.
I have no doubt this is from repetitively fighting with transport truck springs on a furnace line year after year.
I now have a job that’s easier physically but it requires a ton of walking so I’m leaner than ever which I find strange because one would think I would have been leaner slugging red hot steel on a factory line burning up calories. Guys I worked with were shocked at how much food I ate in a twelve hour shift. Eating a pile of veggies and such at 9:00 am first break blew my buddies minds lol. I gave up trying to explain to them it really wasen’t that much food compared to folks more dedicated to training.
That’s interesting, James. The pain you’re describing sounds the same as mine and I get the sharp pain you describe when lifting something that requires my hand to grip something very thick. I have little elbow pain lifting something thin, such as a barbell. However, operating a chain saw consistently doesn’t hurt, it just causes a little discomfort in the area.
The first time I experienced the pain, I have no idea what caused it, but it was present for about 7 months. I ran out of work, so I rested, stopped lifting for 3 weeks and it went away. I went back to work repairing steel railroad bridges and it didn’t bothered me for about 3 months. I injured it a second time DB overhead pressing. I didn’t brake soon enough on one rep and locked out my left elbow. That momentary lack of concentration caused an instant relapse. I’ve tried avoiding upper body lifting, but it hasn’t worked. I can’t get complete rest unless I quit my job, get fired, or they lay me off, so I’m not sure how or when it’ll heal this time.
I can’t complain, though, because most of my adult life, I have had physically demanding jobs and I was a long-distance runner in college, so the elbow and the plantar fasciitis are the only two things that bother me consistently. Of course, I’m only 34.