Nagging injuries include:
- chronically sprained right ankle
- patellar tendonitis (both knees)
- low-back pain (degenerative disc disease and slightly bulging disc)
- wrist injury limiting supination and pronation of wrist
- right elbow tendonitis
- left-shoulder strain
The first four have been diagnosed by doctors. Nothing is broken. The last two I’m guessing at. Doctor’s are fairly worthless unless something is catastrophically wrong. On EVERY injury mentioned above the advice was to rest it, ice it, and take ibuprofen. I’ve had some luck with ART on the knees and shoulder. The back is something I just live with as the pain changes daily. I know that if I stop lifting altogether the back pain typically gets worse.
I’ve watched so many of my friends and fellow athletes train through these injuries. Some survive (the genetic anomalies), but most end up saying they’re ok and that’s the way it works while they ice their knees and backs and elbows and shoulders. This seems insane to me. Sacrifice your body for a sport brings nothing more than personal satisfaction. Ultimately, this is why I left the competitive scene.
Aren’t there any athletes out there that have similar pains?[/quote]
If it makes you feel better, I’m only 20 and I have pains in my knees (I really beat them up in highschool wrestling.) my lower back (from tearing the ligament right from my spine by lifting stupid when I was 15) and a shot left shoulder which often limits my bench pressing potential, oh and I broke my wrist but never went to the doctor until after it healed itself and it hurts like a motherfuck when I do rows that aren’t prefectly in line with my shoulders. So I’m all sorts of messed up. I ice my knees if they are bad after squats, sometimes I use bengay just because it feels good, but besides that I pretty much just cope. Thats all the doctor is going to say, unless he says stop lifting which is just rediculous to me. You can’t take an athlete put him in a cubicle for 9 hours and then tell him he can’t go to the gym after he paid his dues by sitting around all day.