Sunday, May 19, 2013

What I did this week: May 13-19

This Tuesday I learned that my knee pain was caused by a bone spur, and this Friday, I was assessed by a physical therapist. Actually by two, an experienced therapist and a student who was shadowing. The student actually did the evaluation, watched and backed up by the therapist.

I had seen a different physical therapist in the past and though I liked him personally, he never seemed to give me enough information about why I was having problems. That left me trying a lot of different things but not having a clear direction on how to make myself better. I tried everything from minimalist shoes/barefoot running (not great for the kind of body I have -- most successful barefoot runners are skinny) to more confining, stability shoes. And finally I had given up, and used the orthotics that  the podiatrist made for me in a very basic, neutral shoe.

This therapist thinks those orthotics are too rigid but that my shoes are not stable enough. My hips are also not strong enough, allowing my knees to buckle when I walk which is contributing to all the problems I've had. My guess is that all the sitting I have done while grading papers/goofing off has not helped either. I have some exercises to strengthen my hips, and I'm going to be seeing the therapist 1-2 times a week for a while.

I'm frustrated but I want to do what it takes to get better. Feeling sorry for myself is probably not part of that plan, though I did indulge a bit on Friday afternoon.

What did I manage to do this week, with all that going on? Not as much as I would like:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: Nothing, saw the sports medicine doc
Wednesday: Bicycled to campus and back (20 minutes), walked (20 minutes), and did therapy exercises
Thursday: Just did therapy exercises
Friday: Therapy exercises, walked 20 minutes
Saturday: Biked for 45 minutes, walked 30 minutes
Sunday: Skipped swim because it hurt so much last week, did some therapy exercises in the pool.

I'm feeling just a little hopeful that things can get better, but I am worried that I'll lose another summer of really active training.


  1. Love the lower picture.

    You can do a lot of Pilates around a foot or even a knee injury.

    Also a ton of upper body (free weights) work can be done flat on floor, seated.

    You may be able to think up a combination of circuit work that you can do including cardio, just in a different way - push-ups on knees, tricep dips, etc. I did a heck of a lot all last summer in a boot. I was not allowed inthe pool. I can't remember if you are okay to swim -?

    When you can't burn it off, which mostly people can't do anyway, every bite matters. You love a lot of veggies. You can eat lean meat (I think). You are good about your water.

    I think it boils down to priorities and focus for all of us. You have the know how, so you are way ahead of most people.

  2. That was Flower picture

  3. Just realized you said swimming hurt. Did you try arm only swimming? Or different kick? Or on your back?


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