Monday, September 14, 2009

What the doctor said...

Friday I went to the doctors and then right next door to the physical therapist.

By the end of my three hours at the doctors my legs felt like jello! I did strength exercises for the resident doctor, then the orthopedic and then for another resident. Then I did all the same stuff with my PT, Greg. But I am on the road to recovery!

The doctor said that I have a very weak right hip which then causes my knee to not stay in place when I run. Hmm...didn't I have a right hip flexor injury 6 months ago...sadly this is all related.

So I have hamstring stretches I do 3x a day and then exercises I do 1x a day and after 4 days I already feel so much better! No more pain going down stairs, no pain while swimming.

My quads and calves are a different story - It's like they have been in hibernation for 2 months!

I go back to the PT this Friday to assess my progress and then make a plan for running. Not exactly sure when I will be able to run again but I feel like I am on the right track!

Thank you to everyone who has left comments for me - they have really helped me to stay positive! I am happy that I got "good" news and I don't have any major knee problems. In fact the doctor said my knees were in excellent shape for playing so many years of basketball - he was actually surprised at how well they had held up! So that made me smile! Happy Running!

16 comments:

Brian said...

Glad to hear you're on the mend! I can't wait to read more running posts in the near future...not that the other posts are bad, LOL.

Nicole said...

YAYAYAY!

I'm so glad your on the right track! It sounds like your team of people really know how to make you better!!! :)

I swear, any time i have problems, its ALL related! :)

So happy you heard good news! Keep us posted on your running plan!!

Have a good week!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

That is AWESOME that the years of hoops did not kill your knees...ummm like mine :) Hugs to rehab and building up your strength..

X-Country2 said...

That's great news! Good luck on the road back.

trialsoftraining said...

I bet it's a huge relief to finally know what's going on!! It's kinda scary how much each leg muscle affects the next - gah. I have some hip problems here and there too, I need to be careful!

You're Strong - you'll be back in no time :)

Morgan said...

So glad to hear you're on the road to recovery girl!!!!

Lacey Nicole said...

that is a lot of pt exercises!!!!!!!!!! good for you for doing this 110%. that is what will work, for sure. in my personal opinion it is easier to just "work out"- running, biking, etc. far more easy than being patient with PT exercises and doing them every day as well as they need to be done. that is NOT easy. so give yourself a whole heaping pile of credit.

hamstring exercises help strengthen hips?

GOOD LUCK!

Marlene said...

That sounds like GREAT news!

Keep up the stretching and exercises!

Glenn Jones said...

Greatnes that there's nothing serious going on. I say that with al of my kids - the athletics certainly helped make then stronger which helps with injury avoidance!

Keep us posted. I'm happy that you feel like you are on the right path again! And with all the swimming - who knows - maybe a tri is in your future?

Fair Weather Runner said...

it sounds like you'll be running again really soon. that's awesome you are staying strong so you'll be ready to run again. injury is so frustrating eh? what sort of strengthening are they having you do for your calves/quads? i'm worried about getting weak calves being on crutches for so long.

Amy said...

Great news!

Marci said...

Glad to read that you are on the mend!

Jamie said...

That's good news! I'm glad it is nothing more serious and you are on your way to recovery!!!

The Happy Runner said...

Yay! It's good to have a plan for recovery. Hope it works well.

EndorphinBuzz said...

I am glad you are on the road to recovery. Good luck with the return to running. It can be hard not to run for long periods when you get the yearning for it.

sneakersister said...

That is great news!

I have learned to keep track of every ache and pain because while it might not seem like much at the time, when I look back on my legs I can see how connected everything really is and learn from it.