Injuries I have or had
I'll tell you why. Every time I get an "injury" of some sort, I tend to
think the worst, and expect whatever is wrong to remain wrong forever.
However, the truth is that every single "injury" I've ever had has been resolved, or
at least I know how to resolve it or make symptoms go away. The purpose of this page
is to make me finally understand this.
As a disclaimer, "injury" here mostly means weird muscle or joint pain, rather
than broken bones or severed limbs.
I start counting at around the start of 2020. The idea is to go through this list
every once in a while, and mark items "gone" when they are resolved.
Also, things listed under "reaction" below are mostly my LOLworthy 1st pessimistic thoughts
to whatever happened. It's like a native seeing an eclipse for the first time, I guess,
and going full TILT.
pain at right shoulder blade, mainly when getting up
- start/cause: no idea, possibly bad posture while sleeping, sleeping too long or doing cleans/snatches, around start of 2020-02
- symptom: sharp pain at right shoulder blade (rhomboids?) when getting up or turning over in bed. Seldom if ever after getting up.
- reaction: sort of had this before a couple of times, let's see what happens
- 2020-03: a bit better now
pain in left pec/shoulder/neck
- start/cause: approx 2019-10, probably either giving left hook wrongly during boxing, or involuntarily pulling bar "through" chest with heavy squats
- symptom: sharp pain with cold temperatures, in the morning, before warming-up
- reaction: oh shit blood vessels broken, muscle fascia too tight or ruptured, nerve damage, collar bone or sternum dislocated
- 2020-01: went to physiotherapist; suggestion: wait it out, squat medium weight more often, warm up before doing chinups. Stopped doing chinups, and only squat medium weight.
- 2020-02: slooowly getting better. Symptom was also pain in left back side of neck, underside of head, from the start. It's mainly there now.
- 2020-02: some days/mornings are good, some are bad. Experimenting with different pillows now.
- 2020-03: I can reproduce pain in left side of neck (sternocleidomastoid?) by trying to pull e.g. a ruler apart in front of chest. Doing inverted rows seems to cause a bit of pain in left pec.
- start/cause: 2020-01, possibly from ropejumping or jump during clean&jerk or snatch
- symptom: feels like there's a splinter in there
- reaction: oh shit a tendon tear
- 2020-02: still there when standing on toes. Feels more like a tendon/muscle jumping around a bit? I think I'll ignore this for now.
- 2020-03: still there when standing on toes. Not getting worse.
Gone / know-how-to-fix
"electric" pain at palm of left hand/wrist when bending hand back or carrying weight
- start/cause: reminded around start of 2019, been there since 2003 or something. Caused by stupidly hanging bucket of paint off 2 fingers, then felt something snap/tear. #brilliantideas
- symptom: sharp sting during press, clean&jerk, chinups
- reaction: oh shit a muscle tore right off the bone, this will never heal
- 2018/2019: been to doctor, physiotherapist, hand center, hospital for xray, nerve checkup, MRI scan, nothing found. Got guarantee it's not a tendon tear, not CTS, and will not get worse by loading it. So I basically do my normal stuff and deal with it.
- 2020-01: I feel this again at the rack-position after a clean, and day(s) after that. Pain doesn't seem to accumulate - let's see what happens.
- 2020-02: I can reproduce this by bending/turning my wrist. Let's see if it is OK after left-hook-wrist-pain has healed, i.o.w. if doing cleans made this worse or not.
- 2020-02: doesn't get worse, and just occurs during normal activities now (cutting an apple into bits, peeling a mango)
- 2020-03: fact of life I guess. Doesn't get worse, so I ignore it until it does get worse.
left lower back muscle pain (erector spinae?)
- start/cause: situps and shitty form while deadlifting medium weights, started around 2020-01
- symptom: pain/weakness in left lower back, superficial, also when pressing down onto muscle in lower back. Can't reach left foot with my hands very well (stiffness in back).
- reaction: feels superficial so probably not a big deal
- 2020-03: pretty much gone; I can reach left foot again properly, and pain is gone.
stiffness/pain when rotating lower arms internally
- start/cause: cleans/snatches around 2020-02
- symptom: range of motion seems limited when rotating either lower arm internally ("thumbs down" when pointing arms straight in front of me), and hurts a bit when I do that.
- reaction: sort of had this before - it will probably be OK soon
- 2020-03: pretty much gone
left side shoulder/back pain (trapezius?)
- start/cause: clean/snatch a bit too eagerly 2020-02-15
- symptom: pain when tilting head back and to the left or straighten my upper back
- reaction: I spose this is gone in a week or so
knee pain after high bar squatting, running or front squatting
- start/cause: somewhere in 2019, caused by running
- symptom: burning pain underneath, below and above patella
- reaction: oh shit I'm too heavy to load my knees this way, this will get worse, wth is going on under my kneecap, my tendons are going to snap off
- 2020-01: still occurs after front squats; use low bar mechanics during back squats fixes those 100%, use jumprope instead of running, don't stand for a long time. But I want to do front squats too, so...
- 2020-02: front squats cause medium knee pain, but only for a short while (1 day or so). Running caused more pain, and longer.
- 2020-03: forget it, it's fine. Not doing any exercise for a week resulted in about the same knee discomfort as when doing activity, at least right after getting up. #age
left wrist pain after giving left hook
- start/cause: 2019-09ish; occurs at giving first few left hooks, always against a glove. (Heavy bag is never a problem.)
- symptom: instant pain/snap/bend of wrist
- reaction: oh shit my wrist is broken or ligaments/tendons are torn
- 2019-12ish: wrapping left wrist tightly helps. Also just doing this every week seems to help.
- 2020-01: occured right away again after not having hit anything for about a month or so. Still there next day. (In 2019, wrist was inflexible for about a week.) Let's do this weekly again to see if it goes away. I don't want to tape my wrist; it should fix itself.
- 2020-02: still there 1.5 week after boxing for 1st time after a month. Right wrist is OK, so it's probably not just from doing cleans.
- 2020-02-15: pretty much gone when wrapping left wrist tightly before doing combos
- 2020-03: gone
bruised rib at lower left side of ribcage
- start/cause: 2019-10ish, received right hook during boxing
- symptom: noticeable at day 1, bad at day 2, can't walk/move properly the next 4 days or so, slowly improves after that
- reaction: oh shit my rib is broken and possibly pokes through my lung
- 2019-12: went away by itself over a course of about 6 weeks
sciatia (I guess) right heel
- start/cause: pretty much comes and goes a bit since L5/S1 hernia around 1993, although operation did help.
- symptom: annoying pain in right heel when applying pressure, or "feeling heartbeat" in right heel, especially when raising straight right leg
- reaction: oh shit hernia is back, cartilage is inflexible and hardened, this is never going to heal, vertebra are grinding against each other
- 2019: stretching hamstrings works very temporarily (< 1h). Either weighted hyperextension, deadlifts and/or sleeping on proper mattress seems to fix it more permanently.
- 2019-11ish: stopped deadlifts and weighted hyperextensions for a while, did ropejumping, and slept on a bad mattress, and issue came back
- 2020-01: resumed deadlifts but ditched weighted hyperextensions, slept on proper mattress, still doing ropejumping, and issue seems to slowly go away. Started moderate clean&jerk and snatch, which if anything makes it better.
- 2020-02: doing deadlifts, ropejumping, sleeping for 1w on bad mattress, not doing hypers: all OK except for first minutes after getting up
- 2020-03: pretty much gone. Didn't do a lot of deadlifts or ropejumping, but slept on good mattress and did cleans/snatches with moderate weight.
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