Should I work out or just check out when I am injured? As we age our bodies could be more susceptible to injuries. Prevention Magazine looked at some of the most prevelant types of injuries for those of us over 40. They sought the advice of Kimberly Safman, MD, board certified physiatrist at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, California for some alternative moves for certain conditions.
One of the most common pains I hear about as an instructor is wrist pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Hoag suggested, "You should avoid ... push-ups, plank pose, and any other exercise that involves excessive bending the wrist forward or back; racquet sports can also cause flare-ups."
She recommended, "Instead, you should try ... chest exercises where you can keep wrists straight and protected — using machines or dumbbells."
I am no stranger to back pain, and neither are many of my friends and fellow instructors. I have sought out the fitness route of Pilates as I age. Like many women in their 40s, I've had to cut back on my running and looked for cardio exercises that cause less impact, such as an elliptical trainer or recumbent bike.
If your back still hurts, Dr. Safman said, it could be your shoes. "Also, be sure to wear the appropriate shoes for your sport."
Shin splints could also be a problem for those who run repetitively. Mix it up like a triathlete. Prevention.com experts suggested turning to a biking and swimming cardio regimen as an alternative.
Arthritis, bursitis and impingement could be the cause of shoulder pain, said C. David Geier, Jr., MD, Director of Sports Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, “The rotator cuff is a common source of pain in the shoulder. Pain can be the result of:
“- Tendinitis. The rotator cuff tendons can be irritated or damaged.
“- Bursitis. The bursa can become inflamed and swell with more fluid causing pain.
“- Impingement. When you raise your arm to shoulder height, the space between the acromion and rotator cuff narrows.