“How to beat aches and pains if you’re a swimmer”
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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Swimming is perhaps the best form of exercise there is for arthritis.
Swimming provides improved flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, increased strength, and a vehicle for weight loss.
Unfortunately, even in an ideal world, bad things can happen and sometimes swimmers come face to face with PAIN!
The most common problems are shoulder disorders. Because the shoulder is put through such a large arc of motion, the chances of developing a shoulder problem are extremely high.
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and associated tendons that insert on the top of the humerus (upper arm bone). Interacting with the top of the humerus is a part of the shoulder blade called the acromion. With every stroke, the rotator cuff is pinched between the humerus and the acromion. What occurs with repetitive motion is gradual wear and tear which leads to degeneration of the tendons... and this is what causes pain.
Rotator cuff problems are best treated by prevention through stretching exercises both before and after swimming.
Sometimes anti-inflammatory medicines and steroid injections may be necessary. In chronic cases, ultrasound-guided percutaneous needle tenotomy with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a minimally invasive procedure that harnesses the healing power of blood cells called platelets to restore normal tendon tissue, can be of immense help. In rare cases, surgery is needed.
Neck pain can also develop as a result of repetitive motion of the head with different types of strokes. Again, stretching both before and after swimming can ameliorate this problem.
Low back pain can result from using both the traditional flutter kick as well as the more rigorous dolphin kick. Core strengthening and proper technique can prevent low back issue from popping up.
After a swim, if aches and pains come on, application of ice to the affected area along with rest and over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines should help. If the pain persists beyond 2-3 days, it's best to consult a physician. If this is a chronic, recurring problem, an arthritic problem may be the culprit and an appointment with a rheumatologist is recommended.
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