There have been many long hot days and many cold dark nights. The gym never sleeps, and you rarely do. You've suffered through pain, disappointment, and loss but you've put in the time and energy to be exactly where you are right now.
This is your night. The lights are bright and the camera flashes are all around you. The environment is electric, and the crowd is charged. Your heart is a bass drum pounding from the adrenaline like the engine in a Funny Car dragster.
You're in the ring. Dancing with the opponent is something you have down to a science. Duck. Slip. Check. Ah, an opening! You go for it: hook to the rib cage. Pop. Oh no. Sudden intense pain swells from your ring and pinky finger, probably a boxer's fracture. You finish the fight, but your hand is on fire.
As a fighter pain sucks, but it's no stranger to you because you've had your share with every blow to your body during your physical journey.
You understand dealing with pain and injury is part of the game and you may be familiar with some of the following:
1. Boxer's Fracture
Yeah, we get it. If you do suffer from an actual Boxer's Fracture, then this involves the break of the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones near the knuckle. This will certainly hurt like hell, but then again so will any other fracture. This classically occurs after a person incorrectly punches an object like Chuck Norris with a closed fist.
2. Sprained Wrist
Ah sprained wrists, we have all been there. You throw that punch and upon impact, you feel your hand gives way toward your forearm. This can stretch your ligaments, but if your day is really going south, it can tear them. Next time wear your wrist wraps, you'll thank us later. You need this injury about as much as you need a visit from your in-laws.
3. Elbow Hyperextension
Your elbow functions like a door hinge. Knowing this, you are used to operating the door in a specific range of motion (ROM). Imagine exceeding this specific ROM by trying to rip the door off its hinge. You get the idea. It sounds painful, doesn't it? In the cage, you understand the nature of this when you throw a punch or if your opponent locks you into a dreaded armbar. Either way, you're gonna be hating life.
4. Shoulder Dislocation
Unfortunately, a shoulder dislocation is a fairly common injury as a fighter and the shoulder girdle is a complex joint. In fact, there are four articulations to the shoulder girdle. These areas involve:
Sternoclavicular Joint: Where the clavicle attaches to the sternum.
Scapulothoracic Joint: This is where the scapula bone meets your ribs in the back.
Acromioclavicular Joint: Where the clavicle meets the acromion of the scapula.
Glenohumeral Joint: The ball-and-socket connection between the humerus and scapula.
Okay after hitting you with some vocab and exposing you to all this science BS, it's easy to see that whole lotta things can go wrong. That being said, you'll know instantly that your shoulder is dislocated when you feel a "pop" followed by intense pain. Look, you're a fighter and you're not going to get any sympathy from us (not that you'd want it anyway) but we'll give you a big ol' helping of CobraZol™ laced with empathy.