Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Knee (Update - Week 3)

Coming up now on just over three weeks of misery and crippling pain with the stupid knee. To recap, I've been to a chiropractor twice, an orthopedic surgeon once and physical therapy. This morning was my third visit. So far, they have done a lot of poking and prodding, some stretching, ultra sound therapy. Today, I got to try "deep needling." Have any of you done this?? It looks like this:


Yep. Acupuncture needles IN MY KNEE. Then, after they are in, she moves them around to try to make it hurt. YES, INTENTIONALLY. Ow, ow, ow.

Also, there was more taping:


Yes, she matched black/white tape to match the black/white dress I have on. She is the best. I've been instructed to take a bit more time off from running (&%!@) and do more cross training. Last night I rowed a mile and rode 12.6 miles on the bike. Sigh. This is all so frustrating.

As for my "homework" - more stretching and exercises to strengthen the hips and gluts, as well as foam rolling and using a lacrosse (or tennis) ball to really get into the crevice of my knee where the pain really is. Groovy.

BUT. The really good news is I was FINALLY able to pinpoint the origin of the pain, so hopefully that will aid in my recovery. I really HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE this.

I have a half marathon on schedule for Saturday. Since it is local, I'm likely going to skip or drop down to a lesser distance - depending on what the knee feels like later this week and what the PT says.

Suck less, dumb knee.

9 comments:

  1. This really sucks. I'm glad you are getting to the root of it all and getting great care.

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  2. Sorry you are having knee pain! Injuries suck! Hope you get it all figured out soon and back to running happy.

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  3. it could be worse, right? that’s what i keep telling myself. glad you are getting some answers (and hopefully some relief). no thank you on those needles. i would freak.

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  4. Sorry your knee is hurt. I hope you start seeing improvement soon. So frustrating. But I do love that tape:)

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  5. Ouch I don't think I could handle all those needles. LOVE the tape though :) Hope you feel better soon!

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  6. Yeah, accupunture is a b*tch but it works. I also work with a Chinese physician whenever I pulled or strain a muscle/ligament/tendon and he massages the heck out of it - that pain is even worse! Anyway, hoping and praying you'll be able to run this weekend...even if it's a shorter distance. Be strong B.

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  7. Injuries are never fun. Hope you heal up quick!!

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  8. 1. love the new header- forgot to comment on it yesterday

    2. not sure i would have enjoyed the needle in my knee

    3. at least your half is local.

    4. suck less knee--- that will be my motto as well!

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  9. So sorry. I know how it is to be sidelined. Take some time now so you can get back in sooner. It's worth it.

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