Friday, September 18, 2009
I finally, FINALLY had my knee appointment yesterday, and the news was, fortunately, not terrible. They took x-rays of my knee, asked a bunch of questions, and checked for swelling and tightness. The x-rays looked normal, so that was good, but they sent me in for physical therapy for the next few weeks. Hopefully my knee will respond to PT... otherwise, I'll have to go back in for an MRI to look for deeper problems.
Anyhoo, I had my PT appointment this morning, and it went really well. She asked me some questions, moved my legs and feet around, had me do some back and side bends, and ding! She had the problem all figured out. I swear, physical therapists are magicians.
Basically, the issue is that my feet pronate, and some of my hip muscles aren't as strong as they should be, so my knees are getting pushed inward and it's causing much hurting. The part of my knee that hurts is where a lot of leg muscles attach, and my quads also aren't firing entirely right, so I need more support to keep my knees from turning inward into the knock-kneed-type posture.
So, for the next while here, I'll be going in twice a week, and we'll be working on my hips and quads, and also trying to fix my foot/leg/hip alignment. She also gave me some localized anti-inflammatory treatment on my knee to help it feel less cranky, and that seems to have helped some.
I'm still a little disheartened, because I know it's going to be a potentially long process, and my knee is still keeping me from doing everything I want to be doing, training-wise. But, at least things are starting to move the right direction.