Injuries and Medical Advice
Injuries and Medical Advice
Body: Bouldering for the Bones
I climb and am dealing with osteopenia and/or osteoporosis resulting from medication I'm taking for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Prednisone, among other drugs). My doctor recommended weight-bearing exercise. Does rock climbing or bouldering fill the bill?
Body: Chronic Injury
I have been climbing for 18 years and suffer from different injuries that come and go every year. I am not sure if I need to start doing some cross training (I usually hurt myself when I try) or change my diet, etc.
Shoulder: SLAP Lesion and Cortisone
I have a SLAP lesion [a cartilage tear on the rim of the shoulder socket] having injured my shoulder seven months ago. My D.O. gave me a cortisone shot yesterday and I actually feel worse.
Biceps: Reattachment Surgery
I had a proximal bicep tear reattachment surgery. However, after two months the tendon tore loose from the insertion point. I can have another surgery or I can just live with it.
Back: Herniated Disc
I'm 34 and have three herniated discs in my back (prior to starting climbing, nine months ago). I have degenerative disc disease, a narrow spinal column and no promise that surgery will help.
Fingers: Torn A2 Pulley
I was pulling on a big sloper with my feet way under me when I felt a crunch and heard a pop in my middle finger between my knuckle in my hand and the first joint in my finger. It immediately hurt (but not a ton) and later there was swelling. I took ibuprofen and iced it.
Back: Preventing Hunchback
What's up with those rock climbers who look honed as hell, but the minute they step off the rock, they turn into the Hunchback of Notre Dame?
Fingers: Grip Position and Injury
Today when bouldering, I went up for a two-finger crimp with the middle and ring finger of my left hand. I'm pretty sure I heard the tiniest pop, then my ring finger went out and I felt pain in very specific spots.
Body: Antibiotics and Tendon Damage
Some of the possible side effects of Antibiotics are tendonitis and tendon rupture, with some cases occurring months after treatment. Strenuous physical activity is a risk factor. How great is the risk? Should I delay my return to climbing or start off slowly?
Elbow: Tingling and Numbness
I have numbness and pins-and-needles in my left forearm. The first time it happened was last March while climbing in the Red, and it happened again this past June at Smith Rock. Both times I didn't notice anything until I was finished with the route.
Fingers: Stiffness, Soreness
I'm 26 and for the past two years I have been unable to bend my fingers into a complete fist. I've started doing the finger stretches that you suggested [No. 173 or drjulian-saunders.com] as well as ice baths, but nothing seems to improve the range of motion.