Physical therapy - the hip bone's connected to the...
Friday, September 21, 2012
I had my first physical therapy appt today, and guess what I learned?! My left leg is 2cm longer than my right leg! Really?! Nearly 30 years I've spent in this body, and I didn't know this about myself???
So, this has likely been behind a lot of my problems lately - with a longer leg, that hip has to do a lot more work to compensate for the shorter leg, apparently. And if there are muscle imbalances (like the muscles on my right side seem to be weaker), then that can exacerbate the problem. Also, I pronate more on my right side, which is another difficulty that may be making things worse for me. What does all this add up to? An over-worked left hip that is now quite angry with me! (Some of these issues might also explain why my knees are often sore when I run.)
Some things I'll be working on:
1) Get insoles (superfeet green or blue) to help with the pronation issue
2) Get studier running shoes for when I'm taking up walking/jogging again (my current shoes are "too squishy" and not providing me enough support on the right side)
3) Do strengthening exercises for my arches (these are neat, involving a giant rubber tie and twisting my foot against the pull of the tie)
4) Do strengthening exercises for my hips (I learned 2 of them today - the therapist referred to them as a form of "clamshell" and "bridge" exercises)
5) Do stretching exercises for my hips (I also learned 2 of these today)
6) Do the strengthening exercises every day, and the stretches twice a day, and see my physical therapist again next week.
7) No walking or running until she gives me the all-clear (hopefully 2 weeks from now)