I had my first Physical Therapy appointment today. And while this is a new experience for me and I was trying to stay positive, there was Good News and Bad News.My Physical Therapist asked me a bunch of questions and felt around my knee to see if there was any obvious swelling, tearing, messed up crap (that’s a technical term), etc.
She thinks it is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome aka Runner’s Knee. And prescribed the following course of treatment:
- No running for 8 weeks
- Physical Therapy 2x a week
- Hip Strengthening Exercises
- No running for 8 weeks – oh, wait I already said that. Well, that’s all I heard when she was talking. You could have heard my heart breaking as she told me that. Don’t doctors realize they shouldn’t give such a harsh diagnosis to someone in a fragile state?! I immediately decided I would take off 3 weeks from running and then see how I felt and judge from there.
So, the very bad news is I can’t run for a while. The goods news is I haven’t slit my wrists just yet. While I am devastated about this, I am trying to focus on keeping myself active with classes at the gym and cross training. The PT doesn’t want me to do anything too strenuous, but I’m going to do any activity I can that doesn’t make my knee hurt.
The PT said my knee cap has moved slightly to the left and that is probably what is causing the pain. She taped it to try and move it toward the center and said that taping and hip exercises will hopefully train my knee cap to get back in line. My skin is super red here because I was icing my knee, sorry.I will continue to document my knee rehab here. I have another PT appointment on Monday and will get the MRI results next week.
I am determined to will run a 1:45 half and sub 4 hour full this year.
I know I have to get my knee back to 100% in order to do that and it’s going to take a while. I’m willing to work at it. For now I’m going to focus on cross training and weight loss – I’m hoping that combination will make me a better runner overall.
Since I broke my USB I have resigned myself to the fact that I am turning my project in late (Monday) so I’ll be working on it over the weekend. Thanks for the tips though 🙂
See you guys tomorrow 🙂 Stay tough!