So, I have encountered my first exercise/dance related injury – and man, it sucks! I hurt my hip muscle on my right hip lifting weights (errrrrr using weight machines) last Tuesday. Problem is, I couldn’t figure out which machine inflicted the pain. Did I do too much weight on the Hip Adducter/Abducter? Did I increase my reps too high on the Leg Press? I’m still unsure.
It hurt like hell Weds/Thurs (it even hurt to sleep!) – and a healthy diet of Motrin and ice/heat and stretching seemed to help….until Saturday. While popping and locking @ a performance, I did a hip bump and felt a very sharp pain in my hip. I kept going, finished my piece (and loved it, I’ll post it once I get the video!) and then limped to the dressing room. Walking up and down stairs had been excruciating for a few days ~ but I’m starting to feel better overall.
My initial Fat Chick reaction was “Well I guess I’ll be avoiding workouts for a few days!”…..wait, no. That stupid mentality is what got you fat to begin with! Sheesh! Yes, I have an injury but that doesn’t mean I need to throw the towel in on all my workouts. By giving up, or half-assing it – I’m just short-changing myself. What a novel idea eh?It makes me sad that my first inclination was to give up and just admit defeat, not to find a work-around for my injury. But, I guess not every lesson is learned the first time around.
So, I’ve been doing all my upper body/abs / legs exercises and just avoiding the ones that inflict pain (hips/leg press). I consulted a friend who is a dancer, and has recovered from a serious muscle tear and she recommended seeing a chiropractor stat – which I have never done before. So, I’m looking into that. Does anyone see one a regular basis? Has it helped your healing? I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m not a huge fan of doctors overall.
Question is – when do I go back to using the leg press/ hip machines @ the gym? I know my body, and I know not to do more than feels right…but how will I know when my hip is ok? To compensate for doing less circuits (since I am missing out on 3 machines) should I be working the rest of my body harder? More reps? More weights?These are all questions I would normally ask a trainer, but I’m not seeing one (and don’t have the budget to see one in the foreseeable future). So, I will ask my smart readers for advice instead! 🙂 What do you guys think? Should I wait until seeing a chiropractor before making a decision?