Grandma's Ninja Warrior Diary: About that Rotator Cuff
So, it is not a pretty picture, and also, it was bound to happen, I guess. A rotator cuff injury -- from weed-wahcking, not from fitness training. My fitness trainer is very careful to make sure I don't overstress my rotator cuffs, knowing that a torn rotator cuff could end all my ninja hopes and plans.
But that weed-whacking...
So, what have I learned?
Still learning, actually.
1. I cannot force the use of my arm and expet it to get better. No powering through, So, pull-ups are out for a while. I wonder if the strength I have built up (not very impressive yet, honestly speaking) will return. Well, I will the answer to that question in time -- and will share.
2. I should not "grin and bear it" because analgesics not only help with pain, they also help with inflammation, which is very important for healing.
3. I do NOT want surgery; that is the scariest part because it may really put me out of commission. So, I need to help the rotator cuff heal naturally.
4. I definitely need to do everything I can to prevent scar tissue from developing; that will make use of the arm harder.
5. I need to regain/retain range of motion bt reducing atrophy.
The steps I am going to follow are:
- reduce the inflammation
- increase the blood flow to the injured area (might need physical therapy to help with that)
- remember that healing is a process
So, yeah, THIS is going to take TIME.
(1) Warm the shoulder.
(2) Do stretching exercises.
(3) Ice down the shoulder.
Oh, and take analgesics and say some prayers.
Now, the biggest challenge will be the conference I have to attend this week in Minneapolis.
Wish me luck, say a prayer, or stay tuned. It all helps!
For some fun (not) reading -- at least, it is information -- go ahead and click here: healing a rotator cuff.