Healing My Crew Wrist Injury
I’ve always been a bit of a workout freak – I like to push myself and rarely, if ever, admit defeat. Currently, I am rowing for the Wash U crew team.
A little more than a year ago, mid-erg (a terrible indoor rowing torture machine for those who haven’t been acquainted with it), I noticed that my entire right wrist was slowly turning black and blue. Within a week I had a 10-inch bruise along my forearm. Diagnosed with a torn tendon and severe tendonitis, I went through a succession of cortisone shots, and ultimately had two surgeries to try and ease my pain. Nothing worked.
I’ve been forced to become a lefty for the past year (which, as a college student, is a rather difficult chore). Recently, I told my coach that I’d be taking a semester off from rowing to try and finally fix my wrist.
While I have always dabbled in Bikram, coming for a few days here and a few days there, I decided to attend a minimum of 3 classes a week. It has been nearly 3 months since I committed myself to my practice and I have gained nearly 60 degrees of motion in my wrist! I no longer have any pain and I can finally get into a pushup position (thank you cobra!)
The other day my dad called and asked if I was still going to PT or was I just “Bikraming it up?” Yes, I’m just Bikraming it up, and I plan to continue to do so!