How Dr. Issa Helped Me

How Dr. Issa Helped Me

By Alison

CFP is having a Principles of Injury Prevention workshop on Saturday, June 11 from 12:30-2pm. You should go to it and bring everyone you know. Here is why: the workshop will be led by my physical therapist Dr. Tamer Issa. Dr. Issa has helped some of our coaches recover from a number of issues and we owe a lot of our collective mobility to him and his colleagues. That reason alone is why you should go to the workshop, but I will give you a couple more.

First, Dr. Issa knows who he is dealing with. He understands that active people like to remain active and giving them answers like “just stop doing that” is not effective. What he does do is listen. He finds out what people do to be active, what issues may be contributing to their pain, and how they are currently moving. Then, he formulates a way to not only ease the pain but also to correct the underlying movement issues and imbalances so that the problem is eventually resolved. He is tenacious in his treatment and works hard to find solutions for each patient. It takes time, patience, and consistent effort just like everything else worth doing.And let me tell you, taking care of yourself worth the effort.

As some of you know, when CFP opened in 2014 my right shoulder (which was already compromised from an old rugby injury) stopped working in the middle of a class. And by stopped working, I mean I no longer had any pushing or pulling strength in my right arm. It was like my muscles had shut off completely (#spoileralert: they had). Sure, I could do little things like type and drink coffee (thank goodness) but anything beyond that was not happening. You see, my shoulder and neck muscles were very angry from all the rubber tile flooring we laid when building out CFP. Each tile had to be hammered into the next one as they are held together by dowels. At the last calculation, we laid about 1,300 tiles.The hammering did require a certain degree of aim and I am right handed, so my right hand, arm, and shoulder did most of the work. The repetitive motion of hammering what seemed like a million tiles eventually caused my right shoulder and arm to shut down. While I SHOULD have gone to see Dr. Issa for help earlier, I didn’t. When my arm stopped working, he was the first call I made.

Over the course of many months, Dr. Issa got neck and shoulder working again. It took a long time for the aggravated muscles to calm down and there were some setbacks. As it turns out, lots of things affect both the injury and healing process. Stress is one of those things that can make or break recovery. Starting a small business is stressful, shockingly enough. Part of Dr. Issa’s treatment was to help me identify factors that could impede the healing process even if I was doing everything physically right. With his help, I was able to slowly add movements that required shoulder use back into my training. At just about the 18 month mark I won my very first (and most likely only) RX-ed CrossFit Competition. There is no way I would have been able to even show up and compete without getting his help. Winning was just a bonus. With his knowledge, help, and diligence, he help me be better than ever. The best part is my shoulder works better than it has in years (even before the injury).

So, go to the workshop. Learn about what can cause injury and what you can do to prevent it (you know, to avoid a situation like mine). You will be so glad you did!

You can register online for the workshop here.




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