Exercise! - Have you been injured while working out?

12-16-2009, 12:57 PM
If so, what kind of injury was it, what did you do it, and how quickly did it heal? Also, do you think that you could have prevented it?

12-16-2009, 01:20 PM
I've been exercising for about 4-5 years now. I follow workout DVD's. I've done P90x, and STS. I consider myself somewhere betweens intermediate and advanced, and on a good week exercise 5-6 times for about 45-60 min.

The worst I've done is pulled a back muscle trying to lift a 75lbs barbell for a deadlift. Uh, duh, what was I thinking??? Yes, that could have been prevented. Counting would have helped! I stetched immediately, iced etc. I did not try to lift anything heavy for about a week, and I was fine. I'm sure because I exercise I healed faster. My physical theapist friend told me the muscle I pulled is a very popluar muscle to pull, LOL. and that happens frequently. However, since then I find its easier to pull this same muscle again and again if I don't pay attention. If I find that I have 'done it again' stretching is my best bet; if I don't stretch my muscle often after I have pulled it it becomes stiff and takes longer to heal.

12-16-2009, 01:29 PM
Yes, I thought I sprained my ankle on a bar jump during a police fitness exam. Turns out I had actually broken it, but didn't find out until a year later.

I still can't run more than 2 miles without severe ankle pain. This was about 4 years ago. Bottom line - get it checked out or else you could screw it up for life like I did!

12-16-2009, 02:23 PM
Yup, had been having a lot of foot pain while working out- one day my foot just gave out on me- went to the doctor turns out I had tendonitis- I was told lay off the foot for a while- get new/better shoes, and be careful.

I didn't work out for a long time- I was literally limping for the longest time! I got better shoes and now I have no more limp or anything. I'm very careful with my workouts now and actually have been able to run and bike without pain. I know they say tendonitis never goes away- but I've definitely done all I can do to prevent flare-ups :)

12-16-2009, 02:44 PM
Hahaha, yes. I am sort of notorious for random exercise injuries.

Keep in mind that I do a LOT of activity, so my injury exposure level is considerably high. I have strained my rotator cuff twice (lifting too much, too fast = preventable), sprained 3 ankles and two wrists (usually not preventable, except if I were less genetically clumsy...I tend to trip and fall badly), and most recently (and most shockingly), got thrown backward off an elliptical trainer into a doorframe, deeply bruising my shoulderblade bone and filling one of my shoulder/back muscles with scar tissue and knots/trigger points (not preventable...was a completely unanticipated mechanical failure of my equipment). That last one still isn't healed, after considerable treatment, but I'm hopeful that it'll start getting better soon, as we're going on 6 months.

I also had knee surgery, which was not injury related.

My best advice is that healing goes way faster if you follow doctor's advice, physical therapy, and etc.

12-16-2009, 03:15 PM
Mandalin, why did you have knee surgery?

12-16-2009, 03:16 PM
Two quick questions: Do you think that one could easily be injured during a workout program, such as The Firm or Tae Bo?

And how old are you guys? I'm only 22, but I still worry about being injured during exercise.

Carly Smoker
12-16-2009, 03:17 PM
I fell off my bike and broke my wrist. And yes, even this was preventable with proper maintainance of the equipment. The fall was caused by an old tire blowing out quickly and wrapping around the axle. I knew that the tire had a problem and thought the worst that could happen was that I would get another flat. Apparently, it can happen much quicker than one might anticipate.

12-16-2009, 03:48 PM
When I first started running, I did the typical beginner thing and ramped up mileage way too quickly at first, and ended up with a mild case of hip bursitis. After a few weeks of anti-inflammatory meds and physical therapy, it began to resolve. I learned a lot from PT about stretching and strengthening, got good (properly fitting) running shoes and ramped up more slowly and was fine.

The only other time I felt "injured" was the knee pain I experienced from running way too many miles during marathon training. Overuse. I finished the marathon, but boy did my knee hurt from mile 21-26. I didn't seek medical treatment, just laid off for a while and took it easier when I started up again.

Other than that, I've just had the usual/normal soreness and stiffness just about everywhere at one time or another when I've trained hard. I just pay attention and take it easier (or days off) if I have to. I'm a firm believer in variety and cross training; too much of anything usually isn't good. Muscles get out of balance if you are working certain muscles and excluding others. Stretching is key, also ramping up any new activity slowly until your body becomes accustomed to the new stresses. That all helps prevent overuse injury.

It doesn't help prevent injuries due to simple accidents -- falls, stepping in a hole, a wrong twist ... something like that. Sometimes those things just happen.

I'm 50 - and was over 40 when I started running.

12-16-2009, 03:51 PM
And how old are you guys? I'm only 22, but I still worry about being injured during exercise.I'm 40!

I don't like Tae Bo because Billy moves so quickly. To me quick movements mean possible injury. And then there's the endless counting...

Good workout instructors usually give you 'form pointers' during their instruction. How to do the movement, how to stand, how to hold your body, what to focus on, and sometimes how NOT to do the exercises. I feel that following the form pointers from the pros are more likely to help you avoid injury.

12-16-2009, 04:26 PM
And how old are you guys? I'm only 22, but I still worry about being injured during exercise.

I busted my ankle at 21 and it is still buggered at 25.

12-16-2009, 04:49 PM
I'm 26, it happened when I was 25... I'm sure weighing around 235 at the time didn't help much!

Bottom line- if it hurts you should stop- don't ignore it! Pain=bad. Definitely invest in good shoes if you are running, inserts help also- I get my shoes only from Roadrunner sports now. Best thing I ever did was to walk into that store and get properly fitted shoes for my feet. If there is one near you I would check it out- it's a bit pricey (average $130-150 for a good pair of shoes + insoles) BUT not having to see a doctor for foot pain is well worth the cost!

12-16-2009, 04:56 PM
I'm in my mid-20's also.

The knee surgery was due to a congenital defect (a ligament that ran where it shouldn't have) that I had in both knees.

12-16-2009, 05:20 PM
Two quick questions: Do you think that one could easily be injured during a workout program, such as The Firm or Tae Bo?

For me, I seem more likely to get hurt (not injured really, just little clumsy accidents) on big pieces of equipment, especially that darn treadmill. Or, at a fitness class in a dance studio with really slippery floors. That's not to say I haven't fallen off the Firm Fanny Lifter once or twice :D but I have never gotten hurt during Tae Bo!

12-16-2009, 09:24 PM
I sprained my ankle badly running and playing tennis (yes, two different times about a month apart) when I was 15. I'm 21 now and still have some days where my ankles just bother me.

Since then I've stuck to walking/running and stuff like pilates. lol

12-16-2009, 09:45 PM
I haven't had a injury but one time when I weighed about 181 lbs I ran 3 miles non stop and after I got off the treadmill I could hear a clicking sound in my knee, it did'nt hurt or anything but it kinda let me know that I pushed my body way to far

12-16-2009, 10:29 PM
I'm 53, guess I'm the ole fart here :lol: I've had two injuries in 25+ years of exercising... The first one was trying to run too far too quickly and got sore knees, and that resolved itself by slowing down, not increasing my mileage so quickly and Glucosamine... I no longer take Glucosamine and my knees are fine... The second was my shoulder which was an injury than came sloooowly over time and I ended up having to see a physical therapist, it still bothers me if I'm not careful when lifting, but it's ok for the most part...

Oh, and another injury happened about 10 years ago while rollerblading. I fell and pulled a muscle in my calf and ankle, I never got it checked, but maybe I should have it was black and blue... I used ice and heat for a few days kept it elevated and did no workouts for about 4 weeks... Today it's fine...

12-16-2009, 11:37 PM
I wasn't exercising, but I injured my back due to improper lifting. I didn't use proper technique because I wasn't lifting any heavy weights or anything. Nope, I was just lifting my heavy body! My back muscle strained under my own weight. It was super embarassing. I felt like an old person in a sit com (you ever notice how old people hurt their backs everytime they bend over in sitcoms?) Anyhow, my instinct was to rest it (I didn't go to the doctor). So I stopped working out, and the pain would not go away. Then my mom told me I should try doing some exercises, low and behold it healed up nice and quickly!

12-17-2009, 03:44 PM
I hurt my back pretty badly when I tried to start the C25K program early this year. I had decided I wanted to run, so I went and got fitted for running shoes at my local running store. I ran maybe three times (not on consecutive days) and then one morning, I just couldn't stand up. I could walk - with great pain - but I couldn't straighten my back. I thought I had slept wrong.. or run poorly. I had to visit family that day and I didn't want to NOT go (since we don't get together often anymore). On the way up the stairs, my husband actually had to stand behind me to prevent me from falling off because it hurt so badly to lift my feet that high. When I woke up the following morning in WORSE pain, I went to urgent care. They couldn't explain it for me and sent me home with muscle relaxers and inflammation reducers. Another two doctor visits, x-rays, and and MRI later it was confirmed that I have two slipped disks and one that's compressed. Doctor said it looked to be from old injuries, but I've never been in a car accident... or any accident for that matter. Anyhow. I had to rest for four months - no walking or anything for exercise. After that, I still couldn't run if my life depended on it. Now here I am more than 10 months later and a runner. It ends up that it was the shoes, I was improperly fitted. When I returned the shoes and gave the explanation, they took them back. I returned to the store and was fitted by a different man and this time they were much better. Not to mention I told him my story and he was extra careful... It's interesting how we take our ability to walk for granted every day. I am very aware of my legs and back now.
I don't think I could have avoided it... I didn't know any better. BUT you can guarantee I will never make that mistake again!

12-17-2009, 04:21 PM
Ilene, you don't look 52. You look great!

12-17-2009, 04:23 PM
I'm sorry. I meant 53.

12-17-2009, 07:32 PM
I've had various sport and exercise related problems and injury. I've learned lessons...but not sure what they are...

Last year, I was fed up with my sore knees. I'd seen my PCP and orthopedist but they had no solution. They thought it was minor arthritis. I told them I was exercising to lose weight. On my own initiative, I decided that I needed to stop all biking and exercise. I also completely commited to lose all my excess weight--no holds barred (I targeted 35 pounds to lose). I lost the weight this year and my knees slowly resolved themselves. I thought, "well there you go. Problem solved".

This August, I went home for a visit after losing 37 pounds. While on vacation, I decided to go for a run. At home, I normally exercised on wood floors with home dvds for 60-90 minutes (4-5 times/week). Well, I ran out for 45 minutes, turned around and ran back for 45 minutes. I did the same thing the next day. A couple days later, I asked my tri-athelete cousin about his running routine. He looked at me shocked and said that it was too much running on concrete and you're not supposed to run two days in a row. Opps. Oh, well, good to know...

About two weeks later, I had increasing hip pain and my orthopedics doctor couldn't see me fast enough. I was in the ER with excruciating pain that built by the minute. Neither my orthopedist nor the ER doctor diagnosed me correctly. My friend who's a pediatrician told me I had classic signs for a pinched nerve. After much trouble with doctors, I did finally get diagnosed with an L5 nerve pinch (similar to sciatica). I'm on meds and working it all out.

Another issue is that my sore knees are back. I thought it was only weight related--which I'd solved (thank you very much). I looked it up on-line and now realize I have classic "jumper's knees". It's a common issue for volleyball, jumpropers, or soccer players.

I wish my orthopedics doctor had taken me seriously when I said I exercise ALOT. I feel like she didn't think I could possibly have a sport injury because I'm a 42 year old mom. She had also misread my hip problem which turned out to be a progressing issue with a pinched nerve.

My learning lessons: hmmm, that's tough. I lost a lot of weight thinking I would solve my sore knees. The weight and the knees seem to be unrelated. But because of my mistake, I lost a lot of weight and feel awesome.

I have been diligent to go to my doctor and PT staff. However, I'm the one who properly diagnosed two serious pain problems that were leaving me with so many months and months of pain.

So, I would say that the speaker at the conference I went for my office was right...you don't have to live in pain. Keep working at finding the solution, check many sources if the problem is not resolving, losing weight will almost never make a problem worse (and may solve it), core body conditioning is important to resolving and preventing problems, stretching yoga is very good for you, and finally you can often find ways to do the exercise you want if you really educate yourself thoroughly.

12-17-2009, 09:07 PM
Ilene, you don't look 52. You look great!Ah, thanks, (now how much did I say I'd pay if you'd say that?)

12-21-2009, 06:57 PM
When I first started walking/jogging I noticed my upper thigh getting numb. This past week the Dr. told me I have nerve damage in that area or hip area. First accuired from a car wreck and then aggravated by the exercise.

12-28-2009, 02:24 PM
Carlyjordan, did that clicking sound ever go away? At the time, how old were you? And what did you do to recover?