Sunday, December 11, 2016

I've lost that blogging feeling

2016 has been a tough year on the exercise front. No running since early July, limited cycling since August, medial epidondylitis (left arm) brought on by boxing and extra upper body gym work, and those evil #HFH that are taking their sweet time healing. In regards to the #HFH, the platelet rich plasma may have helped a bit. The left #HFH are no longer complaining and the right #HFH discomfort seems to be more focal and sporadic. The medial epidondylitis is actually quite a problem. It limits what exercises can be done in the gym and does affect day to day activities. It also leaves me with a serious meloxicam dependence, as that is the only way to limit the discomfort. It seems this 50+ female has dodgy tendons and has to find a way to manage them. Hence today's title. Blogging about one's ailments is not particularly appealing.

Medial epicondylitis - also known as golfer's or thrower's elbow
I am continuing to follow a prolonged hamstring rehabilitation/strengthening program. The hamstrings are getting stronger and more tolerant of certain activities. The most challenging exercise is the eccentric nordic hamstring curl. It's a popular exercise for a number of sports as a means of preventing hamstring injuries. The main issue for hamstring tendinopathy is avoiding loading the tendon when it is compressed e.g. seated hamstring curls, squats and deadlifts i.e. no bending at the hips with load. So there are only a limited number of strengthening exercises one can do while in the rehabilitation phase. Eventually one can introduce more traditional exercises, which will be crucial for long-term management.

 On the positive, I've been able to do some long walks and hilly walks without too much discomfort/tightness. Cycling if done sensibly is only mildly irritating for the right #HFH. A walk/jog/walk programme may not be too far away. In the meantime, here's hoping the #HFH become super strong and I can build up to the full ROM (range of movement) for nordic curls.