Back in January, in my ‘New Year, New Focus’ post, I talked about getting back in the gym and not using the Winter as an excuse. I was doing really well, going at least 3 times a week and had started a new TRX class which I was absolutely love. Unfortunately, I didn’t expect to get injured.
For about 7 weeks now, I have been experiencing pain in my right shoulder and first noticed it after one of my TRX classes. Stupidly though, I was determined to carry on and thought it was just a slight tweak, nothing serious so carried on. It was only after it worsened that I thought to get some help.
My physio tells me I have injured the acromioclavicular (ac) joint at the top of my shoulder. Luckily I’m not in constant pain with it but certain movements can set it off. I have had about 5 physio sessions and have given been exercises to do, had deep tissue massages and had ultrasound on the area. I’m using kinesio tape, bags of frozen peas and last week, I had acupuncture. The diagnosis is that it’s not an exercise related injury, but postural, and I’m working hard to not get tense as this is exacerbating the problem.
I have also been told it could take months to heal properly, which is not what a surfer wants to hear! Especially as my next surf trip is rapidly approaching – 5 days to get in some intensive practise. The physio has advised me to maybe surf on one day followed by a rest day. …but will that really happen? I will be on a diet of kinesio tape and frozen peas whilst keeping up with my exercises to make sure I don’t make things worse!
Are you a surfer or a sportsperson who has experienced injury and carried on regardless? How did you prevent further injury or did you make things worse?