Interesting NY Times Article about Injury Recovery
Thought this may be of interest to some of you, as it relates to recovery from injury. I'm just about 95% recovered from tendinitis, and the prescription to keep moving, albeit at lower intensities, seems to have worked for me. After exercise, my knee hurt a bit less, and the next day it was about the same or better. Eventually, though, it got a lot better. And I really never stopped cycling.
I destroyed my knee a good 4-5 years ago or so while descending Mt. Washington in the fall (I hate being up there when there's no snow...the rocks are brutal). I'm pretty sure I pulled/strained/did something to the tendon on the inside of my left knee, and let me tell you that hurt like a mofo. Unfortunately it started happening at the top of Tuckerman Ravine, so I still had over 3 miles of descending ahead of me. Took me nearly 4 hours to get down. The last 1/4 mile hurt so bad, I was seriously considering crawling.
Now, it's starting to act up again as the base mileage has been ramped up a bit. It doesn't hurt, but I can "feel" where it happened.
Here's a little tip: don't climb mountains when you haven't trained at all for it.
The article makes sense. Whenever I have injured my back the worst thing I could do is stop moving, it would only get worse. Whenever I have a sore back I go mtn. biking, I find the jarring and vibration make it feel better. I do not do any of the hard core stuff though, just a bit of off road along some old rail beds and the like.
Even after a total knee construction they will start moving it the first day post-op, to prevent the knee from seizing up.
I liked the article and even posted it elsewhere on this forum. Some of the ideas I've incorporated, which seem to be helping my knee arthritis:
Take a single aspirin or ibuprofen when you exercise.
Ice the joint for 20 minutes just before and just after exercising.
Cross train if you must, but do your main exercise (cycling) as soon as you can.
I'm disappointed in my doctor. He didn't take the time to tell me about exercise and arthritis. He doesn't even seem to know that I'm a cyclist, even though I've mentioned it to him repeatedly, and he's even treated me for bike injuries from a crash.
Great article and very helpful to someone like myself who is currently going through bilateral hamstring tendonitis. I recently started PT and have decreased my riding to just easy-going base miles. I am already feeling improvement.