What injuries do you have?

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I'm most bothered by (can select up to four options):

Feet
25
18%
Knees
41
30%
Shoulders
14
10%
Back
21
15%
Other
20
14%
I am Ironman and have no lasting injuries
17
12%
 
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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by SurfNTurf » Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:39 am

I've had a tracking issue with my left knee since high school. Had a surgery (colateral release) on it way back when, but didn't do PT properly because I was a 17-year-old moron. Still causes me problems to this day, though it's manageable by avoiding deep squats and high-impact activities like running. I'm pretty resigned to needing a knee replacement at some point. It hasn't gotten noticeably worse in 10-15 years at least, so I'm hopeful that's a ways off.

As a result of the left knee, I overcompensate and overuse the right side of my body. Comparing my left quad to my right is almost comical. I've had various issues due to this over the years, mostly centering on ankle tendonitis and IT band pain on my right side, all treated and successfully resolved with PT. Through my early 30s it seemed like there wasn't anything that couldn't be fixed with stretching and strengthening.

Getting older is a bitch, though. I've dealt with pain from a pinched sciatic nerve for more than two years that radiates anywhere from my lower back to hip to inner thigh to outer calf, and daily yoga hasn't changed a damn thing. It just moves the pain around. My physical therapist is basically saying as long as the pain is manageable not to worry, that I'll just have to live with it. It's a weird concept to come to terms with, that as you get older some of these nagging aches and pains transition from "something to fix" to "something to manage."

Also had an unrelated Bankart repair surgery on my right shoulder, which was destroyed from years of playing throwing sports like baseball (third base) and football (QB). Funny enough, it was actually a game of adult kickball that broke the camel's back and forced me to have surgery to repair the crazy instability. My shoulder dislocated 3-4 times in a year before pulling the trigger. Haven't had a dislocation since (knock on wood) despite 6+ years of climbing.
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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by jfm3 » Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:18 am

I fell while classic rollerskiing in 2015 and dislocated my left shoulder. It went back in by itself and 4 months of physical therapy fixed it right up. I have 98% range of motion and full strength in that shoulder.
In 2016 I developed atrial tachyarrhythmia and had to go to the hospital a few times after racing heart rate episodes to get it diagnosed. I had an unsuccessful ablation attempt in April 2017 and took anti-arrhythmic medication for a year to control my heart rate. I had a successful ablation in May 2018 and since then I haven't had any problems with my heart.
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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by TomPierce » Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:49 am

OK, I'll play...

Oy, where to begin? I'll skip over the various childhood/teen injuries (a couple of skull fractures, broken bones, rotator cuffs, etc.) and limit it to injuries caused during outdoor sports. In no particular order: a displaced spinal link/pad from a high speed skiing crash, compressed lower spine (rock climbing fall onto the rocky deck, ouch), cracked C6 vertebra from G*d knows what (weightlifting? life? age?), two severed bicep tendons from a twisting pull climbing Curecanti Needle. Those are some the highlights, but plenty of lesser injuries (snowblindness on Denali, frost nip of the face/fingers, several sprained ankles, etc.). The C6 issue has caused some permanent slight numbness in my left pinky, but it's matched by permanent nerve damage on the right arm, e.g. a slightly numb right thumb caused by the bicep tendon injury, which also means I have to be careful with high torque moves when climbing. All that said, really no big deal, I just have to be mindful of the injuries, e.g. I've noticed my numb digits seem to make me more susceptible to cold fingers. Eh, c'est la vie, that's why they invented mittens.

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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by cottonmountaineering » Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:51 am

never broken a bone and no injuries :D
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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by Alpinefroggy » Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:08 pm

If anything its my feet. I am a runner in minimalist shoes and have had little tweaker pains here and there. And when I am hiking for a long time downhill my feet can get sorta sore.

I am young and trying to use hiking poles and good fitting packs to limit damage to my knees and back which I have escaped so far.
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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by mtn_nut » Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:42 pm

highpilgrim wrote:
Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:11 pm
mtn_nut wrote:
Tue Dec 01, 2020 2:57 pm
Punctured my left foot on Ellingwood point near my summit (loose rock) and had to hike all the way back down with a pretty bad wound
Hiking barefoot were you?

That seems like it wouldn't work well, for me at least. :mrgreen:
I was wearing trail runners. It actually punctured my foot just below the ankle near the achilles tendon. Only about a quarter-inch from my achilles. I was very lucky it didn't do any other damage.
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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by dpage » Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:44 pm

I've dislocated both shoulders at various times in my life and never sought out surgery instead focusing on lots of scapular stabilization and rotator cuff strengthen with good results. I sucked at pull-ups before these incidents and continue to be mediocre at them.

I've broken a few lumbar vertebrae in a fall where I also broke my sternum and tore the deltoid ligament in my right ankle 2 years ago this Thanksgiving. Surgery was required to fix these things. The same ankle had a previous surgery when I missed a landing on my skateboard and blew a hole the size of a quarter in my ankle and tore the ATFL and others also destroying the joint capsule.

I don't think I have these injuries but instead had them. Injuries get better and mindset plays a big role in healing. I'm back to running although very slowly, cycling, swimming, hiking, climbing. Staying positive through all of this has been a challenge and the ankle surgery is just over a year out and continues to improve.
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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by Barnold41 » Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:10 pm

Broken collarbone that probably should have had surgery (it oddly sticks up now when I shrug my shoulders) and hairline fracture in my T12 vertebra, both racing moto. Lots of concussions mixed in there as well (explains a lot).
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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by ltlFish99 » Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:55 pm

I had a bad fracture of my tibia and fibula in my right leg decades ago that involved:
Youth, whiskey and roller skates trying to show off.
I learned not to do that again.
Still have the plate and screws in and it does not bother me.
My new right acl will be 18 years old next February.
That took 7 months to get to where I could hike 14ers again, and it still feels great.
Brooke my pelvis skiing when I was much younger, listened to the dr. to heal correctly.
Fortunately, I have no lingering issues from that as the dr. Stated I may experience arthritis in the left hip at some point.
I have finally decided that I need to try out trekking poles as I am getting older, 60, and people state that they are wonderful for going downhill.
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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by nyker » Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:23 pm

quite the diverse lot of injuries here...seems consensus on the most common is knees.
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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by AndrewLyonsGeibel » Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:42 pm

I’ve had a couple random injuries that don’t bother me anymore. Broken wrist, random twisted ankles, IT band, couple concussions (maybe those do affect me now), some meh burns, oh and I cut the tip of a finger off. The one that still gets me was when I got attacked by a dog while cycling and ended up with a compound fracture to the collarbone, small vertebrae fracture and destroyed a bunch of ligaments. It was in the middle of nowhere on a back road, I was by myself, and my phone was smashed in the incident. So I had to just lie in the road kicking the dog away waiting for a car to drive by. Took a good number of plates, screws, and ligaments from a cadaver to fix that one. It’s not terrible as long as I’m careful with it and make sure backpacks fit well. Probably the biggest deal now is being terrified of cycling outside when I used to do at least 200 miles a week. That and swimming is a bit rough, but I’ve done 2 full and at least 6 half Ironman triathlons since then.
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Re: What injuries do you have?

Post by RobC » Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:27 pm

At 25 years young here is a list of my injuries:
1. Medial plica syndrome in my right knee after an "interesting" adventure in Arches National Park.
2. Herniated disc in my lower back from improper deadlifting form.
3. Massively torn shoulder labrum. Originally torn while breaking down a door with my shoulder rather than leg/foot to help someone, further torn after weightlifting accident. 2 shoulder surgeries and 8 anchors holding my shoulder together later, I feel at least 75% back to my normal self.
4. Multiple broken bones and muscle/tendon/ligament strains.
5. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome in both of my lower legs. If anyone knows a way to help fix this other than surgery please let me know (currently trying self physical therapy). While not an injury and more of a genetic/biomechanical issue, this is the one thing really holding me back from getting into long distance running (I would like to do an ultra like Hardrock someday).

I may be only 25, but I feel more like 65 :lol:
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