Pass the Frozen Peas…for Your Knees

Sometimes I feel like my body is like a MacGyver concoction, held together by Super Glue, safety pins and smart ass prayers. I’m in pretty good shape and all, with the mostly healthy food and regular workouts. But for way too many years, the frozen peas that crowd my freezer have been used for healing aching body parts instead of eating.

It all started back in the late 1990’s following a string of sprained ankles. My podiatrist at the time was an affable guy who worked with Olympic athletes and normal folk alike (hence my face time in his office). He suggested elevating and icing each ankle using a small bag of frozen peas because they conformed so well to the contours of feet. Sure enough, somewhere between 10-15 minutes each day with those little packets of Green Giant’s best and my ankles were back to normal.  By the turn of the century, I pulled the frozen pea trick following every intense work out to keep my ankles happy.

About six years ago, my knees decided to join in on the fun. A diagnosis of chondromalacia patellae, a fancy, high SAT verbal score way of saying soft cartilage under the knees caps, was the impetus. Icing those suckers helped remove pain and swelling, and boy was I grateful. Then like the fluffy creatures that multiply when you add water from “Gremlins,” the frozen pea packets started to proliferate. Add in the parts of my feet impacted by neuromas last year, and now I’m up to six bags per icing session following a day of hard exercise. Just check out the lovely photo accompanying this post to see the bag I haul out each night for medicinal purposes. Fun times, right? Guess that explains why I never order peas anymore when dining out, irrationally suspecting they’re just been used to treat someone’s tennis elbow.

Do you have any sore spots, chronic injuries or tweaks on your body? If so, how do you treat them?

Comments

  1. hahaha I went through this phase with frozen chips – more coverage. However, after a while I just bit the bullet and bought some reusable ice packs which are frankly much more comfortable! And you can let them thaw out and then you don’t have to bother getting up to refreeze em immediately!

    • Wow, I’m very impressed by your fountain of icing knowledge! Glad you upgraded to the re freezable kind – I’ve got to check them out. :)

  2. faye miller says:

    MY DAUGHTER AND HER FROZEN PEAS. I HAVE A SPOT IN MY FREEZER WHERE I HAVE 5 BAGS OF FROZEN PEAS, THE PEAS ARE 5 YEARS OLD, KEPT THERE FOR SHIRA WHEN SHE COMES TO VISIT.

    I ALSO KEEP 5 RAGGY SCHMATTAS FOR HER TO WRAP THE FROZEN PEAS IN TO PUT ON HER FEET. I AM A GOOD JEWISH MOTHER, ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT.AND MY DAUGHTER SHIRA IS MY FAVORITE———————-DAUGHTER.

    BY THE WAY “SCHMATTAS” MEAN RAGS IN YIDDISH.

  3. I’m a huge frozen peas fan … for EATING, actually. ;-)

    Sorry to hear that you’ve been from the joy of eating them.

    Jai Ho!

    • MB, eating them is just so…normal. But I bet they taste great when you have them on a plate instead of wrapped around a swollen ankle. :)

  4. Family sized frozen peas are GREAT for achin’ backs too. A Phys Therapist told me about them years ago. I have several bags in the freezer at all times!

    • Mickey, thanks for stopping by1 I’m just glad to find I’m not alone in the medicinal use of these frozen veggies. If I start adding my back and other places to the mix, I’ll have to buy these by the case!

  5. Right now it’s my calf. I’m stretching it when I remember. We have small bags of peas in our freezer that are leftover from when my teen had his wisdom teeth removed and we used for icing:)

  6. Love this article !

    Frozen peas,Frozen carrots and frozen Broccoli. The size of the frozen items help certain parts of my body better than others. Since the frozen Broccoli is bigger there is more cold that can be added with direct pressure in certain areas. I use this technique at times with sore muscles. My wonderful sister(Shira) told me about the frozen peas idea years ago and it stays with me today.

    I agree with Jai Ho after a certain amount of time eating them is fun to. Helps heal and tastes great !

    • Rob, it sounds like you’ve raided the entire section of frozen veggies for this pursuit from the grocery store. Glad the advice helped!

  7. I note that you deflect attention from the key phrase: “smart ass” by working peas into the conversation. Good move! Proves you earned the right to use SAT level words! Ha haa http://funandfit.org/2012/03/new-exercise-equipment-try-these/

  8. I used to have terrible back pain under my spatula (wait.. my scapula) due to an auto accident. All those fancy docs & physical therapy, and years later it still hurt. It wasn’t until I started doing Yoga that I was virtually pain free. If I feel even a tweak of it coming back, I get a free back crack from the hubs and add in extra Yoga. Fixes me up in a jiffy.

    So, uhh, you having peas for dinner??

    • You’re married to a chiropractor – I’m jealous! Regular cracks and yoga instead of frozen peas means you’ve got more extra room in your freezer. :)

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