Don’t Let Injuries Stop Your Health

I recently dislocated my shoulder playing hide and seek with my kids. Now before you start laughing (I know – too late) let me explain.

We were playing a serious game of hide and seek in the dark. I was trying to pull myself up to a shelf where I could lay down and hide. As I got to the top of the shelf, I slipped. I managed to catch myself on two different shelves at different heights and quickly felt a pain in my left shoulder. I decided to ignore it and attempted to reach for the shelf again.

As I began to pull up, I felt a “kerplunk” as my shoulder fell back into the joint space. I then realized I had dislocated and then relocated my shoulder. Then the pain hit! I immediately sat down to assess the damage. I could still feel everything, and despite the pain, I seemed to be ok. I decided to tough it out and start playing again. Shortly there after, I felt the pop and pain again. I had that sinking feeling you get when you realize you have something seriously wrong. In Special Forces they would always ask the question, “Are you hurt or are you injured?” I had the sinking feeling that I was injured.

Assess the Situation 
I had an MRI the next day that confirmed what I already knew. I had in fact messed up my shoulder, but I decided not to allow that to stop me from staying fit. To be honest, it never occurred to me to stop working out after the injury, until people questioned me about still going to the gym.

I went to the gym to assess what I could still do. For the next several weeks I realized I could improve my cardio and my legs. Fact is, I probably need both, as I have tended to work my upper body if given a choice in the past. This shoulder injury has opened doors to work on other equally important areas.

Be the Exception
Many of my patients and clients do the same as me. They find a way to work around their injury, illness, or disability, and I always admire them for it. Nonetheless, that seems to be the exception in our society. Most people are looking for a reason they cannot do something.

Do you ever use excuses like:
“I can’t go to the gym because my back hurts.”
“I am too tired to work out today.”

Excuses are Hogwash
HOGWASH! The truth is people use excuses to keep them from being healthy. If you are one of those people, stop making excuses. Start living every minute of your life to improve you!

I recently watched a show called Breakthroughs with Tony Robbins. Tony worked with quadriplegics playing murder ball, a game similar to rugby in wheelchairs. Watching them play reminded me not to complain about a little shoulder injury.

If you are one of the people who have built up a story around why you can’t do things, rewrite your story today. The only difference between where you are and where you want to be is the story you keep telling yourself about why you can’t get there. I will keep you updated on my shoulder. Until then, I would love to hear related stories you may have about how you have overcome obstacles to maintain your health.

Living Every Minute

Dr. Tim

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