dont want to give up but this seems daft to me as its making probs a lot worse i can see it may help most peeps there but it seems dangerous for me as both knees have given way after session and are crunching like mad and walking is very hard so much i had to give up going to bin in yard well lets see what you think
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hi sylvi i have their adamant that you must strengthen muscles he doesnt seem to go with skimping the issue i am demotivating his class is what i feel i get from him but i must say most having little problem doing class and i dont like giving in but outcome is worse as it moment they and most peeps dont want to listen when i say i know when i can do exercise i aint no wimp anyways best thing coming out of it is i am getting out of house meeting peeps and an old boozing mucker but no sneaking off for a session or two those were the days dear dear 20 pints nothing wow
we used to go to rugby what started off as a few bevvies ended up all day it got that bad i had to put teletext on next day to find score sylvi feel as strong as an ox till i have to do something then oo r cantana get the wife for simplest of things and trouble is i look fit and strong but legs/knees ruling everything i do or more like everything i dont do makes me feel pathetic
Hello Paul, the physio is right in that exercise is very important and so is strengthening your muscles. There is a limit though and you are the one who knows best what that is. Exercising with some pain is absolutely fine (I take pain killers before I do my regular exercises), but with constant severe pain, you are probably doing more harm than good. Do as much as you can. Little but often. Have you looked at the NRAS website for exercise guidelines and videos? They are a very good starting point. I have been to physio classes at our local hospital and it was a bit like one glove fits all. That is never the case though. Please don't give up. Do little but as often as you can. I promise you won't regret it. All the very best.
I know exactly what you mean Paul. I have been going to physio for my arms and shoulders as I fell and ruptured two tendons in each shoulder in February this year. To begin with, things were good and the excercies were helping and my right arm was getting better really fast.
However, since the summer, the pain in my left shoulder and arm has become much worse and everytime I go for physio, it seems to make it worse. Last time, he got hold of my arm by the elbow and moved it to one side and ever since then the pain has been very bad and there is no let up to it. It crunches, grinds and clicks at every move. I put off my last physio session, but now that my next one is coming up, I don't know what to do, whether to cancel them altogether or to try it again. When I mentioned it once to him, he told me it was bad because I wasn't exercising it enough, but I was exercising it. I am like you and don't know what to do. I am waiting to have an MRI scan on it which has been requested as urgent, but I don't know what the hospital's idea of urgent is.
I’d urge caution with manipulation of inflamed joints. Many years ago (about 15?) I had very painful shoulders, mainly the right one. It used to ‘go’ and I’d spend about an hour desperately trying to ‘click it back into place’. It wasn’t dislocating, but maybe a tendon was getting caught or something - never found out.
Anyway, I was sent for physio and they did manipulation. It did help with the pain and it did free up my shoulder a bit but the physio stopped after a few sessions because (in their own words) they were “worried about causing soft-tissue damage”. It did sound a bit grim when they were doing it.
Subsequently I was referred to a (good) shoulder surgeon who told me that I had a torn rotator cuff (amongst other things) and that the only surgical option was a total replacement but that it was contraindicated due to the torn cuff and might make things worse. I declined.
I decided to put up with it and spent 10 years sleeping on the other side and just accepting that my right shoulder was painful / restricted. Then I started going to the gym for a different reason, but as part of that I do upper body work including arms and shoulders. About 6 months after I started going to the gym I realised that I had started sleeping on the right side again, and now have a lot less pain in that shoulder. The movement is still, and always will be, very restricted when lifting over my head or putting my arm behind my back, but the pain is almost non existent (unless I do something with my arm).
Sorry for the essay, I guess I’m saying that it might be worth a conversation with the physio about your concerns and possibly waiting until you’ve had the MRI before they do too much manipulation of the joint?
All the best.
hi thanks for reply pfk i have got to say at the moment i wish i had never heard of physio whats getting to me these are supposed to be the bees knees like the" pun" but i need convincing they know what going on with peeps this should not happen between docs and physio theres something missing for me
holly you must do whats right for you you sound just like me if the physio doing more harm than good STOP IT please for your own sake you can always put in for it again do what you can lightly at home as you have said sack the physio fellow they havent got the pain get the scan and see whats going on some of those fellows need retraining they can cause a lot of pain and maybe damaged
I paid for private physio sessions a few years ago and the pain was excruciating. After 6 sessions he gave up on me because I picked up a cup of coffee one morning and snapped my collarbone. I ended up having to have surgery but suffered in silence for 18 months. My shoulder was so calcified up surgeon wondered how the hell I had managed for so long. I would be very wary of any physio who thinks one exercise plan fits all. You might be better trying to exercise at home with resistance bands and going for a long walk everyday if you can manage it or seeing if there is a exercise class in your area for seniors they can still be quite demanding but lower impact and more tailored for someone with problems like RA.