a body builder with joint problems
04-02-2005 12:35 PM
a body builder with joint problems
hi guys i was wondering if anyone could help me out
im a body builder with joint problems, but i would still like
to work out unfortunately i can no longer lift the 100 odd
kg i used to as its too much stress on my joints (and against
the advice of my physio) i was wondering if anyone has any tips
the main thing she recommended was swimming but i dont
want to give up my weights, i was thinking of just doing light reps
etc to maintain muscles,
so i was just wondering if anyone else out there has any experience
with similar situations
04-02-2005 02:34 PM
I have a similar problem with my knees. Its called Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome. It doesn't stop me from using weights. It stops me from any other cardio besides walking. The so called "non-impact" machines do not help either, they are just as bad as running full force. I can run and just ignore the pain, but it builds up to a point where I am up at night in pain, and after I run I look like I should be walking with a cane. I'm not sure on your problem, but I would just try different things. I have tried a ton of different things and walking is the only thing that I can really do without being in pain. The only thing I haven't tried is swiming, but I'm not really a good swimmer, and don't have a pool at my gym. I didn't mean to take over your thread, so if anyone has any suggestions for this guy please help him out...
Originally Posted by hiphop
04-03-2005 04:20 PM
You might try a supplement called Glucosamine. Since I have been using it I have had no significant joint pain like I used to.
04-03-2005 06:13 PM
glucosamine/chondroitin/msm is a good combo, u can get it at vitamins.com
What did your doctor tell you though? did he prescribe you anything, give u any injections of any kind?
because I have a dr appt 2moro afternoon (orthopedist) and I have a feeling he's going to tell me to "take it easy" on my knee
I will let you know what he says and what actually happens, see if I can recommend anything to u.
04-03-2005 06:18 PM
Is it a problem with all of your joints? Arthritis? We might be able to help a bit more, at least in terms of coming up with ways of working around the pain, if you give us some more information.
04-04-2005 06:10 AM
well i recently had a test and tested positive for rhumatoid factor and then i had another one and tested negative so im going to have a meeting the the artritus specialist although that has about a 2month waiting list so im waiting on that. But i do get tired alot and i find it difficult to carry weights eg if i have a heavy school bag by the end of the day i wont want to carry it home ! whereas i can carry it for short periods happily.
at the moment im not taking any supplements, im not too sure what to take, but to be honest it was a major blow when this happend!! i was happily 3stone up on my weight bench was around 100kg and all was going fine except my back, my back couldnt take it and eventually i couldnt stand up straight for 5 mins without my back hurting hence i stopped training went to the doctor and that was what happend !! does anyone else here have similar probs.
im thinking sswimming is the only way out as it doesnt involve pressure on the joints i was just wondering it there is any other stuff i can do to help
04-04-2005 09:37 AM
I am far from an expert on this stuff, but I do seem to recall that certain dietary tweaks can help reduce the inflammatory response that causes the pain. If I remember correctly, I think Fish Oil and/or Flax Oil are major players in reducing inflammation, as are other healthy fats, such as Olive Oil and avocado. Antioxidants should help as well.
Stay away from processed foods as much as possible. Focus on fruits and veggies along with lean meats and the healthy fats mentioned above. I'm guessing you are from Ireland or England based on the kg and stone references. I don't know how available the above reccommendations will be. Try your best.
In the meantime, swimming sounds like a great idea as it will keep you fit, and if you have endurance it might produce some of the increase in gh production that is common to other endurance athletes such as runners (though the joint support of increased gh is lost on runners due to the excess pounding).
Again, I am far from an expert. These are just details I seem to recall from extensive reading over the last few years.
04-07-2005 10:47 PM
Sup hiphop, you should look into this new product from omega sports called Flex. It contains celadrin which is some new joint supplement. I've read on boards that it is good. It might help. Later.
04-08-2005 12:20 AM
hey hows it going, I am new to all of these boards but I think I have some information that can help. just as a couple of general basics take motrin for at least 2 weeks straight, it will not be able to be used as an anti inflamitory if it is taken for any shorter period of time, also ice the joints that you worked out with(with a stryrofoam cup with ice inside just peel away the bottom and keep it in contact with the pain area for 8 minutes) after your workout, also on excercises such as dumbell bench etc. if you lower the wieghts keeping your reps between 12 to 15 2secs up and 2secs down only coming to a 90 degree or sometimes less depending on pain, you can keep your gains and slowly strengthen and give your joints a much needed break... if you are looking at supplements read the label and if they have stuff like white willow bark and **** like that, look it up and you will find that you are paying 60 bucks for asprin.
I hope some of this can help, I work with physical therapy pt's getting back in the gym for the first time since surgury and they all have great results
04-08-2005 11:25 AM
pain4pleasure: that is a great avatar.
MSM helps me out greatly I don't get joint problems very often but when I do a few days of about 2 grams helps out alot.
04-11-2005 03:26 AM
thanks bro, Its a bad picture of me, but its the only one I had....lol.
Originally Posted by Funny Monkey
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