Email I received from a women in cypress TX
I’ve had shoulder problems for months and I found your book while I was looking for something to stop my shoulder from hurting while I sleep. The problem starts at the top of my shoulder and goes into my neck when I reach for things over my head. When I lay down on my right shoulder it starts to ache and I can’t find a comfortable position.
From what I’ve googled it looks like I have a shoulder impingement. But google isn’t really clear on how to make it go away. So will it just go away on its own or do I have to go have surgery.
Has this happened to you?
You were intentional about stretching, you concentrated on your form throughout your workouts. Then the first second you weren’t paying full attention or you just wanted to get that last deadlift repetition BAM you felt that all too familiar sensation...you pulled your hamstring again.
How frustrating! You know how to stretch your hamstring before and after your workouts, you pay attention to your form yet you let your guard down for a second and now you’re going to be out of commission for the next six weeks while your hamstring heals AGAIN.
You start to think of all the muscle gains you’re going to loose, how your training for the next road race has now be placed on hold. Not to mention the discomfort that you’re going to have every time you bend over to pick something up, when you walk, or getting in and out of your car.
That is exactly what Savannah thought when she called me.
Are you trying to figure out what is causing the pain on the outside of your knee, like Melinda?
Melinda called me worried about knee problems that she'd been suffering with for months. Melinda’s left knee would ache when she sat longer than 30 minutes. Then when she stood up to stop the discomfort would limp for 3 or 4 steps before she could walk normally. She said her knee just didn’t feel right when she first stood up but it would work itself out after a few steps.
She called me because she started to have difficulty going up stairs and was having to walk down the stairs sideways. Not being able to go up and down the stairs was interfering with her ability to do house work. She was willing to deal with not sitting or standing for long periods of time. However, now she couldn’t do her normal house work without help from her husband and kids. This was causing a lot of stress and resentment in her family.
Running has a bad reputation especially as we get older. But really running is an amazing workout! And when done correctly with the proper conditioning it is completely safe. I have helped train a 99 year old to complete a 1 mile down hill run. So Age is not the issue!
But all jokes aside, running is a very intense activity. You are basically doing a single squat over and over again. Lots of people start running as adults to lose weight or get back into shape. And this is why many people struggle with running injuries. They don’t realize that running is not the entry-level exercise. Running requires a lot of strength that we don’t think about. For instance, when was the last time you stood comfortable on one foot? How comfortable are you doing squats?
I remember Sally’s face when I asked her those questions. She looked at me like I was crazy. “Why would I stand on one foot? I don’t like squats because they hurt my knees.” Were her answers.
Sally called me because her back hurt when she ran and she was scared she herniated a disc.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald