An injury after an injury

James Wood

Okay, so try and imagine this, you hurt yourself at work (or anywhere really) and you end up with an injury that you learn to live and cope with.
But what about after living with your injury for years you end up with an injury that is caused by your initial injury?

Let me explain, I got thrown out of a truck over thirty years ago, I broke my back and damaged my spinal cord. I’ve used a wheelchair since my injury.
This means that my arms and shoulders have had to do the work that my legs should have been doing for this time.
Your arms and shoulders are not designed to do this much extra work.

So recently I’ve had shoulder pain that I went to see my doctor for, he sent me to have an ultrasound and then some intensive physiotherapy and a cortisone injection directly into the joint.

Long story short, even though it has given me some relief from the pain, I can’t believe how much a shoulder can hurt. But it is currently in a “Management” phase and I have to have ongoing treatment and monitor it.

It got me thinking about how many other people who get hurt and then have further injuries caused by something that happened to them many years ago.

I’ll be honest with you in saying that I’m worried about my shoulder. I have to lift myself in and out of bed, on and off the toilet, in and out of the car and almost everything I do relies on my arms and shoulders. Without them I’m “Disabled”.

Don’t hurt yourself people, it’s not only the initial impact it has on you, but this is something you have to deal with for the rest of your life.

dont hurt yourself, Injury, james wood, , safety speaker
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