Exercising with Injuries


One of my favorite things about Body Moment is hearing from my readers. A good portion of them have questions about exercising with injuries – how to modify their workouts to avoid re-stressing an old injury, how to accommodate their healing injury while they continue to workout, or even how to avoid injury in the first place.


Questions like this are near and dear to my heart; I suffer from knee issues, back issues, doubly-sprained ankles and former wrist and lower arm injuries. I’m kind of a mess, really! But fortunately I’m not so messed up that I can’t still reap the benefits of running, PiYo, yoga, bodyweight and weightlifting.

However, I’m not a doctor; I try to offer suggestions about ways to modify programs and routines to the best of my knowledge, but I can’t know exactly what will work for every person.

I’ve always advocated that you the only person who really knows how you feel and how you’re progressing through your rehabilitation. Your doctor is an important ally, of course, but you’re the only one that lives in your body and the responsibility of getting through your day is yours alone.

To that end, I’ve compiled a short list of books that can help you along your road to recovery. They’re no substitute for proper medical advice, but there is a lot of really good information here that you can take away and digest.

The Criteria of Books on This List

While researching books to add to this list, I used the following criteria to determine if a book was going to make the list:

  1. Does the book promising a remedy for physical ailments based on food choices, lifestyle changes, mental states or other unproven methods? Then it doesn’t go on the list.
  2. Does the book promise quick relief or does it promote pain-free living in a handful of “easy” steps? Then it doesn’t go on the list.
  3. Is the book linked to a professional or organization that uses the book as a springboard to encourage the reader to purchase more products or services? Then it doesn’t go on the list.

If the book passed these criteria, and the majority of readers had no significant issues with the book, then I felt it was worthy enough to add to the list.

This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list; hopefully there’s something here for you and your particular issue. If you have other books that fit the above criteria and you’d like to see featured here, drop me a line in the comments below and I’ll look into it!

Heal Your Knees: How to Prevent Knee Surgery and What to Do If You Need It 



From the author:

An esteemed orthopedic surgeon and a water-therapy expert team up to tell you the essentials about your knees, get them back into shape, and prevent future pain and injury. Through careful explanation, they examine each part of the healing process—-from basic function to long-term exercises—-guiding you to a pain-free life.

With detailed information on a variety of healing options, you will learn how to make the right decisions for your knees, understand when and why surgery is appropriate, and how simple exercise in your living room and in the pool can speed the postsurgical healing process.

Build Better Knees: The Ultimate Program For Runners Who Want Stronger, Pain-Free Knees Without Medications Or Surgery



From the author:

Build Better Knees is a complete program that will guide you through the entire process of diagnosing your imbalances, providing you with specific clinical solutions to treat your injury, and getting you back to running pain-free. It’s a action-packed book filled with tons of great information.

Conventional treatments like surgery and medications are expensive, traumatic, and prone to errors. Don’t take those risks. Instead, choose to run and live pain-free by injury-proofing your body in a natural and effective way.

The therapeutic knowhow and techniques contained within this book have allowed my patients and me to continue running at a high level. I know they can help you achieve the same.

After working 15 years as a physical therapist, I felt there was something missing in the current medical system. I saw a lot of patients repeatedly coming back into the system, unable to conquer their issues with chronic injuries. I observed that the current medical system unfortunately focused more on treating patients’ symptoms and often neglected their underlying problems.

To treat my patients more effectively, I combined exercise science, physical therapy, and Ayurveda practices, which fundamentally transformed my practice. Using a holistic approach helps patients recover faster, stay healthier, and remain injury-free.

I created Build Better Knees to give people a comprehensive solution that they can use to take care of their knee injuries. I see this program working every day in my practice. With dedication, it will work for you.

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The Knee Crisis Handbook: Understanding Pain, Preventing Trauma, Recovering from Injury, and Building Healthy Knees for Life



From the author:

Ever sustained a knee injury? Want to prevent one? Whether you’re young and actively involved in sports, an enthusiastic weekend warrior, or someone who’s simply getting older and whose body is changing, The Knee Crisis Handbook by Brian Halpern, M.D. will show you how to take care of your knees. You’ll learn what to do if you sustain an injury, how to prevent a repeat injury, and how to help yourself avoid injury in the first place.

Inside you’ll find:

* Sport-specific knee injury prevention tips
* Advice on caring for your knees when you’re young, older, or even pregnant
* What to look for when choosing a physician and physical therapist
* Treatment options, including acupuncture and other complementary medicine therapies
* Medications: what you should and shouldn’t take
* What you can expect from surgery and recovery
* How to avoid surgery
* Complete exercise programs

With physical therapy strategies by Marty Jaramillo, P.T., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., and complementary medicine strategies by Robert Abramson, M.D.

Running Injury-Free: How to Prevent, Treat, and Recover From Runner’s Knee, Shin Splints, Sore Feet and Every Other Ache and Pain



From the author:

Running Injury-Free by Dr. Joseph Ellis, DPM uses anecdotal examples from Ellis’ own patients and experiences in order to discuss injury-prevention, treatment, and recovery. He implements a clinical approach toward treating the most common running-related injuries, as well as providing detailed background situations to describe how each injury can happen, so the reader can recognize poor habits or compare training and running practices in his or her own experience.

In this updated version, content relating to shoes and shoe selection, “over the counter” treatments, orthotic techniques and materials, Piriformis Syndrome, chiropractic medicine and acupuncture, stretching techniques, nutrition and supplements, injuries related to minimalist runners, as well as running issues for women, children, and endurance runners will be updated to reflect timely practices and research.

Total Knee Replacement and Rehabilitation: The Knee Owner’s Manual



From the author:

While several treatment options exist for knee arthritis patients, end-stage treatment is total knee arthroplasty (TKA or total knee replacement). For patients to achieve maximum benefits of this surgical correction, they need understand and manage many important details both before and in the first year after surgery.

This comprehensive guide explains everything from the preoperative decision-making process to the surgery itself, how to prepare your home for post-surgery rehabilitation, and a week by week description of how to rehabilitate yourself following your TKA. The road to recovery is laid out clearly in this book in such detail that there are no surprises. It concentrates extensively on postoperative rehabilitation, which is vital to the success of a TKA, and as important as the surgery itself.

This book contains 145 exercises, 190 illustrations and photos, and questions and answers at the end of each chapter. It empowers patients with the knowledge they need to take charge of their own rehabilitation program.

The Hand: Current Advances in Assessment and Treatment



From the author:

Proper wrist and hand function is integral to nearly all daily life functions. An injury whether due to repetitive stress, disease or soft tissue damage makes work, sports, household, or leisure activities both stressful and painful. The care of the hand and upper extremities has long been a challenge to physicians and therapists and in order to restore function and mobility it is paramount to have a thorough knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics of the wrist and hand.

This relational understanding allows the therapist or clinician to grasp the intricate balance of the mechanics of the hand and wrist and to suggest appropriate strategies for functional improvement. Such a framework lends itself to designing treatment plans that increase patient lifestyle satisfaction while improving clinical outcomes. This course will cover the fundamental principles for evaluation and functional progression treatment of the wrist and hand.

The architectural framework of the wrist and hand will be presented as the basis for treatment interventions designed to improve function. Improving patient outcomes will be facilitated through increasing your knowledge of the delicate and complex anatomy and kinesiology of the wrist and hand. Recurrent hand and wrist conditions including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and their treatment will be presented through actual case studies.

The Frozen Shoulder Workbook: Trigger Point Therapy for Overcoming Pain and Regaining Range of Motion



From the author:

Author Clair Davies’ own case of frozen shoulder led him to undertake an extensive study of trigger points and referred pain that eventually resulted in his best-selling Trigger Point Therapy Workbook. Now this renowned bodywork expert and educator revisits the subject of frozen shoulder with The Frozen Shoulder Workbook, offering the most detailed and comprehensive manual available for this painful and debilitating condition, a useful resource for self-care-with and without a partner-and for bodywork practitioners looking to expand their treatment repertoire.

Frozen shoulder, the syndrome name for several joint and tendon-related symptoms, is experienced as a loss of motion and pain in the shoulder and upper arm. It is most often observed in women between the ages of forty and sixty and individuals with type-two diabetes. Unlike traditional medical treatments for the condition, which rely on painkillers, steroid injections, and physical therapy and often do little to moderate symptoms or speed recovery, trigger point therapy can bring real and lasting relief. This gentle massage technique targets localized areas of tenderness in soft tissue. Put it to work for you to relieve pain, restore range of motion, and shorten recovery times.

Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries: A Self-Care Program



From the author:

This book offers a complete self-care program for those at risk and those already suffering from one of the most common and most debilitating occupational injuries. Guided by symptom charts, you select the best exercises for the movement patterns required by your work and learn how to restore the range of motion to overworked hands and arms.

FrameWork for the Knee: A 6-Step Plan for Preventing Injury and Ending Pain


From the author:

Musculoskeletal conditions are the #1 reason for doctor visits among Americans. No one knows the concerns of patients afflicted with these bone, muscle, and joint issues better than Dr. Nicholas DiNubile. As the orthopedist to the Philadelphia 76ers, he presented his plan for treating and preventing general pain without surgery or drugs in his first book, FrameWork.

Now, in the second installment of his Active for Life series, Dr. DiNubile turns his attention to the estimated 21 million Americans who suffer from chronic knee pain. Beginning with an in-depth look at the causes of common knee injuries, Dr. DiNubile provides diagnostic tools for assessing pain. His 7-step plan for treating the injury, rehabilitating the area, eating to aid healing, and protecting the knee allow you to continue enjoying your favorite activities.

Knee pain and injury don’t have to mean the end of an active lifestyle. All it takes is a balanced, customized program designed to address patient-specific needs. FrameWork for the Knees provides anyone suffering from these issues with the tools to be active for life.


The ACL Solution


From the author:

In The ACL Solution, you’ll find close to 50 ACL-specific exercises designed by Dr. Myklebust, a physical therapist for the Norwegian national women’s handball, soccer and volleyball teams, and a world-renowned expert on the science of ACL injury prevention. You’ll learn how to better balance your body and strengthen the muscles around your knee to provide greater stability and endurance. Whether you’re the parent of active children, a promising young athlete, a coach, or a 40-year-old who lives for his or her weekly basketball league, this book is a must read.

The ACL Solution Features:

  • The Prevention Program, the center of this book, describes and illustrates the exercises that prevent ACL injuries.
  • A FAQ section, containing commonly asked questions by people who have had recent ACL tears.
  • An anatomy section that describes the anatomy of the knee

Do you have any to add to the list? Have you read any of the above books and want to add your thoughts? Leave a comment below!

2 thoughts on “Exercising with Injuries”

  1. I cannot tell you how excited I am to see this list of books!! My husband, former USMC) had both his knees rebuilt when he was in his early 20s and is about to have them redone (now 37). I will be getting the Knee Owner’s Manual for him!! Hopefully it will help keep his knees healthy for a long time!! Thank you, for the list and the reviews!!

    1. Kristina – thanks! I get a TON of emails and comments from people who have knee problems, especially ACL injuries. I’ve been hunting down books and programs for people with knee injuries and other issues. I occasionally have to modify my workouts to deal with my chrondomalacia so I know how important it is to take care of your knees. Thanks for stopping by – as I find more resources on dealing with knee issues I’ll post them here!

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