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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)
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FITAT50 9/23/2012 1:57PM

    I have Superfeet pink! Well worth the price! Fingers crossed the exercises help you heal quickly!

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STESSEDOUT27 9/22/2012 2:21AM

    It is so helpful to know what and where the problems are so they can hopefully be "fixed". Do the exercises faithfully and you should be back up running in no time.

My older sister had the same problem but had to have her hip replaced and leg lengthened to match the other. She did great and has know had a knee replaced on Saturday and was out walking her block today! Amazing! Keep up the hard work and you'll be fine! emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 9/22/2012 1:18AM

    I know most of these exercises although I don't have the same problem with my legs. The problem with these physion exercises is that it is taking a long time to see any improvement. I hope for you it will be faster.

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MONETRUBY 9/21/2012 7:50PM

    Glad to hear that you have learned where the problem lies. Now you can hopefully be on the way to healing!

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NUTZ4HARRY 9/21/2012 3:17PM

    I have been to PT for hip, back, ankle just to name a few. I have been doing the bridge exercise for about a year. I am not sure if the clamshell is what i think it is. I stretch every morning before I get out of bed and all day I stretch my hips and back. The exercise for the arches sounds interesting.

You will see improvement if you do the exercises and the stretching. emoticon

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