Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I went to a Sports Medicine Orthopedist today, to solve the mystery of my very sore knee. The knee started really hurting after running the 10 mile Broad St. race in Phila. on May 5th. It hurt a bit during the race, in fact it was already a factor when I ran a 10K a week before that. You know how it is, though, when you sign up for a big race and you've trained and planned around it, you think well, I'll just tough it out and rest afterward? Well, I have not been able to run at all since Broad St. and it has even been difficult to walk at anything but a snail's pace. This issue immediately followed a yet unresolved case of sciatica and some shin pain.
So I reasoned I will get myself off to see someone who specializes in Sports Medicine and can understand a runner's situation. I am less than satisfied. He didn't come out and say it, but I really came away feeling like his attitude was, look, Old Lady, we can't all run forever. He recommended, and I accepted a steroid shot because I've already rested and done specific exercises for 3 weeks to no avail. and I would rather not have surgery until I've exhausted all other treatments. He took xrays and said they showed a tiny tear in the meniscus and signs of the start of arthritis (hence the Old Lady look I got).
What I was really hoping for was some help in determining what, if any, biomechanical issues I might have that have contributed to my getting 3 (probably) running related injuries over the course of one year. His answer? They're probably not related- just 3 separate events, maybe I can't run the distances I used to be able to run?????
I find this so frustrating! I'm going to do some research on my own and try to figure out what this professional wouldn't take the time to consider.