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jtree climbing dr recommendations


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corpse · · jtree area · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 5

Looks for recommendations for a Dr, PT, or similiar...  for the typical climbing ailments, golfer/tennis elbow and coder related RSI.  Want someone local to jtree area (not PS!)


George Wu · · Newport Beach, CA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 76

I once mentioned a nagging tennis elbow when I was browsing in Nomad.  A gal behind the counter strongly recommended a massage therapist named Daryl at a resort in Desert Hot Springs.  She said to mention I was a climber, because he really knew how to work on climber injuries.  I never made it out there, but I still have his number: 760-527-7000 and 760-329-6000 just in case.

Good luck with your ailments!

Dave Von Behren · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 100

Hmmm......there really isn't much up here. A  Good climber friend of mine was a nurse at the hospital ICU here for 20+ years. She told me that if she ever got hurt while we were  climbing, to please drive her down below.....even if it risked death.  lol.

Try  Loma Linda. 

corpse · · jtree area · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 5

dave,  your nurse friend isn't wrong <g>   I'm not so bad off that I can't climb, most of my injury is from repetitve stress from typing for 20+ years, not trauma from climbing injury.  

george, thx for the massage therapist recommendation - I've had a couple done at DHS spa, next time I'll see if Daryl is still over there.   very true that a great MT will know how to get at these types of problems.  

(one nice upside of massages at the DHS spa is it includes a day pass for the pools/hot tubs)

Carey De Luca · · Yucca Valley, Ca · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 10

There is a sports Dr down the hill named Mike Larson.  He is more of a general physician but was a climber and firefighter up here in Yucca.  He may be a good place to start.

Locker · · Yucca Valley, CA · Joined Oct 2002 · Points: 2,265

Tom,

Best thing for your ailment is REST and more REST! All a doctor will do is tell you to REST it, might prescribe something, then tell you to come back and spend more money, later. You know the cause. REST it, then start a workout program that will help to ward off future problems. 

We DO have some decent physical therapists out this way. (It was the physical therapy that got me back to climbing as you know). 

corpse · · jtree area · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 5

Rest is not an option, unless I take 3 months off away from computers!  Over 20+ years of typing has fucked me up.   I need that big rest, but that won't be an option any time soon.  So the second best thing is to do proper stretching and exercising, and the right mixture of vitamins and weed.  and ice packs..

Climbing is not the source of any issues, so I won't be stopping that anytime soon; I just can't crank down on crimpers too often .  But hey, summer is here, so not as much climbing to be done.    Though you wanna do some night climbing?  locker?  anyone else?

krisdoesthis · · Joshua Tree, CA · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 120

I could do some night belaying, night climbing though? Hmmm. I'm pretty blind at night. Ears work fine though. Trade night belay for boulder spot? 

Or anyone want to boulder super early morning or at sundown? 

corpse · · jtree area · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 5

Kris, pm sent

Locker · · Yucca Valley, CA · Joined Oct 2002 · Points: 2,265

"Though you wanna do some night climbing?  locker?"

I'm down! Let's work out the day/time. 

George Wu · · Newport Beach, CA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 76
corpse wrote:

Rest is not an option, unless I take 3 months off away from computers!  Over 20+ years of typing has fucked me up.

Maybe a hand extremity occupational therapist?  They offer a specialized kind of physical therapy.  Occupational therapy is already specialized on returning one to work from workplace injuries and maximizing the ability to function with the injury.  Your work healthcare and/or disability insurance might cover some of the cost.  And then among occupational therapists, find a specialist for hand injuries.

The reason I suggest this is that I have twice been unfortunate enough to utilize the services of such a therapist.  Out here in Orange County, that was a place called Hands on Hands.   They helped me recover the use of two fingers that had been introduced to a chainsaw.  Most other patients were also recovering from major injuries (amputations and crush injuries) to the hands or arms, but they also treated repetitive stress injuries.  They had very very specialized exercises that you won't learn from an ordinary physical therapist.

Mind you, I'm suggesting this in addition to anything else you're doing.  They're not a cure all.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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