“How to beat aches and pains if you enjoy collecting bees”
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Bee keeping is one of the most rewarding hobbies.
Very few activities can be so enjoyable, therapeutic, and bring in a nice income (as well as tasty honey) at the same time. And ... if you become well known, it’s incredibly exciting. But bee keeping can also bring you PAIN! And I’m not just talking about the stings!
Collecting bees is a set up for neck pain. The long hours spent hunched over the hives as well as any time spent extending (bending your head back) can lead to neck strain. This causes muscle aches in the neck and shoulders. You can also bet headaches. So what do you do? Well, first, recognize that this is going to happen if you don’t take frequent breaks particularly if you hold your head in one position for a long time.
Your shoulders can also hurt. When you work with your arms held in one position… and especially if you work with your arms either above or below shoulder level, you can run into a problem called impingement syndrome. This is when your rotator cuff tendons get pinched. It’s a common problem. Specific stretching exercises for the shoulder before and after you do your chores should help. Also, make sure you take frequent breaks. Ice packs after you work sometimes help with the pain as do over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines.Chronic rotator cuff tendinopathy needs to treated with ultrasound-guided injection of platelet rich plasma (PRP). This heals tendon tissue as opposed to the old fashioned treatment of cortisone injections which helped with pain right away but caused tendon damage over the long haul.
Elbow pain is a common problem after any type of repetitive arm motion. The upkeep required for your bees can lead to a painful condition called lateral epicondylitis. This is a type of tendonitis that affects the outside part of the elbow. Stretching before you work can help as can stretching and ice after you play. Anti-inflammatory medicines, an elbow band, and physical therapy also can help. You may need ultrasound guided injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to heal the tendon. The old treatment, cortisone injections, have been found to damage tendon tissue.
Hand and wrist pain is another common problem. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve into the hand gets pinched. This causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand. Treatment consists of physical therapy, a splint, and sometime injecting with steroid. In some instances, surgery is required. Different forms of tendonitis can also develop after repetitive activities. You can get trigger finger where the finger seems to stick. Trigger finger can be fixed using ultrasound guided hydrodissection. A painful tendonitis of the thumb can also be a result of any type of repetitive activity.
Low back pain can come on from sitting too long in one place or by lifting and carrying heavy articles. Stretch before you lift or carry and also afterward. Use ice packs if you strain your back. Over the counter medication can sometimes help also. See your doctor if the pain is severe or doesn’t go away within a day or two.
Knee and hip pain can come from walking on uneven ground. Invest in good quality shoes.
One advantage to beekeeping is the therapeutic effect of beestings for certain types of arthritis. People who are affected by arthritis may seek you out for this.
General all around conditioning is important. Don’t neglect the aerobic conditioning.
Stretching and massage are two important areas of treatment to consider if you love to keep bees.
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