For the past few years I have been giving myself tendon injuries in quite a few of my joints... elbow's, knee's, and achilles mostly.
I'm been slowly becoming more active for several years now, following an achilles injury that didn't quite heal up for 4 or 5 years. In my late 30's... I know, I'm shedding quite a bit of my invincibility at a steady rate now.
As I said, I keep hurting myself. Mostly when I ramp-up the rigor, or try something slightly different at the gym. I have a pretty long and gentle warm-up and stretching routine, I don't think I really go for an increase too quickly, and only work out every other day or so... but various tendons disagree, at different times, and for different reasons. Based on the frequency and degree of pain/discomfort/etc, and how careful I am about not doing too much too quickly, I think frequency of injuries are out of the norm.
Here's the nut of what I really want to know: What’s the best kind of doctor (already tried my GP) to see about this? It's hampering some of my hobbies and reasonable ambitions quite a lot, so I want to start finding more aggressive help/tests/advise. Who can help from a whole body perspective?
Yes to yoga, and learning all kinds of stretches. Looking for more than a PT at this point.
posted by shimmer
on Oct 15, 2013 -
I injured my pinkie finger a year and a half ago and it is still giving me grief. It is now usable for most things, but if that side of my hand experiences any kind of impact the finger will be noticeably stiff and sore for days. (it's always worse when I wake up) Has anyone had a similar problem that got fixed? Like, really
fixed? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder
on Aug 3, 2013 -
About 8 weeks ago I sliced the flexor profundus tendon that allows the tip of my right pinky to function. I had surgery and have now subsequently re-severed the healing tendon, requiring ANOTHER round of surgery to try to repair again. Should I go through with this? Issues related to post-operative depression, unemployment, and general existentialist angst inside. See previous
. [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Apr 16, 2013 -
This bulge between my thumb and forefinger appeared in November of last year. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by Kyrieleis
on Apr 6, 2013 -
I'm almost certain I just severed the tendon in my pinky...the bleeding is under control but I cannot bend it. I have severe fear of ER costs due to bad past experiences that cost me lots and lots of money. How bad is this, and can it wait for an Urgent Care place? [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Feb 22, 2013 -
Sharp pain in my right ring and pinky fingers when I bend them. I need to do a lot of typing. YANMD, but can you help me get through the weekend? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote
on Nov 22, 2012 -
I get inner elbow pain from playing racquetball or rock climbing. What's going on and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner
on Jul 22, 2011 -
I've recently started long distance running (5 months). I purchased a pair of running shoes two months ago and I've noticed that my left shoe is rubbing the back of my achilles tendon. Does anyone know of any type of product that will cushion the back of my running shoe and prevent it from rubbing against my tendon in this way?
I can still run at the moment but there is some strong soreness where that part of the shoe hits the back of my foot. [more inside]
posted by Fizz
on Apr 8, 2011 -
What I think is my Achilles Tendon or is in that area at least started hurting like crazy on my right foot when I walk. I would like to see a doctor about this but my health insurance has a super high deductible, and is mainly to keep an unforeseen emergency from bankrupting me. How can I have someone check this out where it won't cost me an arm and a leg, is there some kind of clinic I can go to? Mid 20s, located in LA.
posted by 12%juicepulp
on Oct 12, 2010 -
I've been forced to take a break from running due to peroneal tendonitis (developed during week 6 of the Couch to 5K program). Can you give me some ideas for alternative types of exercises that will not aggravate the peroneal tendon? I plan to try biking, but I'm wondering what other options are out there. I do not have access to a pool. Thanks!
posted by pitseleh
on May 7, 2010 -
Runners/others - any tips for stretching my Achilles?
Right - I am a runner. I have one leg longer than the other and an orthotic to balance it. Due to the leg issue I have been attending the Orthopaedic Hospital on the NHS (they have been brilliant). I am female, late 30s, 140lbs, 5'2". Since ramping up training, a bit of pain/discomfort in the instep on the short leg. Sometimes wen running, sometimes after running if I don't support the instep by wearing trainers after my shower.
Referred self back to Orth. Hosp. Orthotist said it is a tight Achilles Tendon, apparently it wraps round the ankle and joins the instep. Both tight but this tightest. I need to get more movement and range in the Achilles. Anyone know/ can point me in the direction of some good stretches? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee
on Sep 16, 2009 -
I seem to have classic achilles tendonitis and am trying to treat it myself. What treatments worked for you? At what point should I just give up and go to a doctor and get professional assessment and physiotherapy? [more inside]
posted by rosebuddy
on May 21, 2008 -
i often get soreness at the back of my knee, almost every day. what do i do? [more inside]
posted by edtut
on Aug 22, 2007 -
I somehow injured a muscle or tendon in my left leg and now I can no longer lift the ball of my left foot off the ground when I'm standing. [more inside]
posted by pmbuko
on Jun 6, 2006 -
When I work out, sometimes my veins move as I do reps. It feels uncomfortable. It doesnt always happen though... Is it because Ive been doing reps incorrectly, or will this lead to damage to the veins if I continue? [more inside]
posted by dino terror
on Jan 2, 2006 -