Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Unexpected Injury, and avoiding an Injury cascade.

My workouts have been going well, aside from the fact that I've been struggling with consistency. I have added back in weight training to my days at the gym, and this is where, I believe, I caused my newest issue.

It's really a small injury. Somehow, over the course of some exercise or another I managed to strain something in my wrist. I didn't notice it right away, but by the middle of the next day my wrist was stiff and painful, but not swollen or discolored. So I followed the standard R.I.C.E. and ace bandaged up and let it rest.

That was yesterday. Today nothing has changed. It's still slightly sore when moved, and extremely stiff. I'm not sure what I did to it, but I'm sure it's only a minor strain, and time and rest will heal it.

Problem is I'm not a very patient person. It's eating me up right now not to be able to put pressure on my wrist. I was planning on doing some yoga this morning, that's out of the question. No upper body strength training until this heals. And since almost all of my workout videos involve moves that put pressure on my wrist, my options are seriously narrowed.

It's going to be a struggle over the next few days to keep myself from over-training my lower body. My fear now is that in an effort to keep active, and avoid using my wrist, I'm going to over-train my legs, and end up with an additional injury.

Any suggestions on avoiding an "injury cascade"?

4 comments:

Foster Fitness said...

I too am impatient, but because of my impatience I ended up injuring myself FURTHER and being out of commission for LONGER. I know it sucks, but when you have an injury, you need to respect and honor your body and let it do it's job. There are plenty of other things that you can do in the meantime while you are healing!

Feel better soon!
Alison :)

{cher} said...

hope you get well soon hun! the key is to just keep moving with what parts you haven't injured!! you'll heal quickly and get right back on track!

asithi said...

You can also do more cardio and alternative with the lower body strength work.

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