Staying Active with de Quervain’s

De Quervain’s disease is a painful inflammation of tendons in the thumb that extend to the wrist (tenosynovitis). The swollen tendons and their coverings rub against the narrow tunnel through which they pass. The result is pain at the base of the thumb and extending into the lower arm. – WebMD

IMG_5884Staying active with de Quervain’s (or any injury!) has got to be one of the hardest things to do. If you already have some sort of a workout regimen, an injury totally throws your normal routine out the window.

With my injury, I can’t use my hands. I’ve got a splint on my left hand to completely immobilize my thumb. The hope is if I let it rest completely, no surgery will be necessary. So far, so good! The swelling has already gone down tremendously!

IMG_5687My normal workout routine has been turned on its head. I’ve been going to a lot of spin classes, running (when the weather is nice), teaching barre classes, and doing this short, heart-pumping, no hands circuit at home.

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 6.44.35 AMTeaching yoga has been the most frustrating. Without the use of my hands, my classes have really been focusing on hips, back, hamstrings, shoulders – lots of standing poses. I give them options for arm balances, but if they don’t already know how to do it – I can’t teach it right now. It has forced me to step outside my comfort zone, and get creative when planning my classes.

Lizard Pose

Lizard Pose

I’ve always considered myself a patient person, but no. This splint has been teaching me patience in ways I didn’t know I needed. With any injury it’s so easy to get angry, frustrated, or just feel really sorry for yourself. I know because I’ve gone through every one of these stages at least twice the last 3 weeks. Had a moment yesterday actually…

IMG_5883I firmly believe there’s a reason or lesson to be learned from everything that’s thrown our way. I’m trying to take this as an opportunity to honor what my body needs, give my hands the rest I’ve known they needed for months, and be patient throughout the process.

I’m going to have to re-read this tomorrow…

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