A Few Words to the Wise


Anything is possible with a little elbow grease, patience, and persistence when it comes to problem solving. The goal is to empower you to heal yourself by teaching you how the complicated systems of your body work, specifically in relation to climbing. The future of your climbing is literally in your hands. As an athlete and probable climbing addict, it’s time to take control.

With even a slight gust of wind, you might find yourself on the wrong side of an injury, needing extra help just like I did. Perhaps you realize that you are exactly where you want to be, even if it’s not producing awe and inspiration in others around you but serving them instead. Not every injury should end with the loss of one’s favorite sport. I’ve been told many times that I needed to stop climbing, for my career, for my patients, for my family, but what does that have to do with who I am and what I truly want? Change your life to match what draws you. Forget the rest.

It’s not your orthopedic surgeons job to tell you how to become injury free nor is it your physiotherapists job to do all your rehab for you. Ask yourself if you can implement any of these strategies to avoid this injury in the future. Almost always we are excited and in a hurry however surgery and corticosteroid injections are not the best answer nor are they good for us in the long term. Instead I urge you to exploit your forced time off to ensure you return healthier and smarter that you were before.

Accidents happen, but chronic injuries need the gentle, insightful guidance that a few self care tools and a rehab plan can produce. When you are all healed up and have built your base of successful rehab, the re-injury statistics are in your favor.

Patience and perseverance are the second and third most important aspects of being healthy...After Self-Control that is!

There’s a common misconception that this is a normal part of climbing and that being a climber means one should be constantly in pain and sore to the touch in this region. Wrong. This “normal” needs to be changed. Our forearms aren’t supposed to be wiry, tweaky, rock-hard objects when they aren’t in use. This is a huge waste of strength AND it sets us up for injury (as tight muscle is a weak muscle). Yes, r