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The Silver Lining...

Monday, February 04, 2013

I went to the best orthopedic Sports Doctor in Delaware this morning to review the MRI and X-ray results. What an awesome visit!

Well, first off - no surgery needed! Yayyyy!

He did say that the big fall I took in late August is why my knee is injured. I damaged cartlidge. My skin is still healing from it - I will never look at an acorn the same way again!

Anyway, it was a pretty interesting conversation. He asked which running club I was in and who I was working with (running). I told him I was on my own and he looked shocked. I told him how I was training for the halves. He told me 3 HMs in four months was too much since I just started running two years ago and I am older - I didn't mention all the 5ks!!

Anyway, he met it sincerely and knows "knees". So, he is sending me to a PT who apparently is a top marathon runner. I am going to see him twice a week for a month - it will be like having my own running coach - I am going to soak up as much training info as I possibly can!!

I asked if I should be doing quad work. The Dr said the PT guy has to figure out if there is weakness first. He said if there is, it won't help. I am also supposed to rub Arnica gel on my knee a couple times a day. And, after a month I go back - if it's not better I get a shot twice a year.

The real good news is I will be able to keep running. He did tell me running down hill will not be good for me. I train on hills all the time, but I will modify my map so I can keep running. I didn't dare tell him I am signed up for a HM in May!!

So, the silver lining...I will be running again and I get the attention of a running coach/PT for the next month :)

All is good!
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    An acorn might be potentially mighty & all, but you're getting the last laugh with very good news indeed! Yay!!

    I wonder if the PT/marathoner would agree with the Dr. assessment that you're running too much for your experience/age. I'm always skeptical when people say that, but better to be smart than sorry.

    Cheers to your next run!

    1721 days ago
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    That's great news! I went to see a Dr about my knee and after two brief encounters, an xray and an MRI (both of which were normal), all he could tell me was he thinks it's my knee cap.. and that it's commen in females (because when you hit puberty, the hips widen and that messes with the tracking of the knees. Never mind that I've run 3 HMs, a 10 miler, a number of 5Ks and trained up to 20 miles for a full without knee pain.. that and I hit puberty like, 18 years ago.) He prescribed me a brace, but by the end of my 6 miler last weekend.. I was feeling the pain pretty bad again. Ugh.. maybe I need to seek another opinion.. at least you can work with a PT to rehab it. Good luck!!
    1721 days ago
    You are addicted. I still remember how much I liked to run, but it has been years since I did. Please listen to your doctor and physical therapist!

    Gravel can do the same thing the acorn did.
    1721 days ago
    Dude, you have fallen on your feet with the P.T! Good luck in recovery. x
    1721 days ago
    Awesome! Sounds like a really productive visit! TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF!
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    1722 days ago
    Whew! No surgery! What great news and you can keep running!! Plus, the full attention of a PT with marathon experience! Lucky you! Acorns, who woulda thunk? Remember to follow doctor's and PT's orders! I'm glad you will not have to go under the knife and especially you won't have to give up your passion!
    1722 days ago
    Sounds like you had an excellent visit! I love how you just kept certain things from him. Doctors are very informative, but I do think your new PT will be awesome and help you make the perfect choices for you. You do want to keep that knee in tip-top shape.
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    emoticon news for you! I personally can't do a lot of running as it kills my knees. It sounds like you will have the "training" you need to avoid injury and learn some "running skills" that may help when you are running. I'm glad the news is good!

    Good luck, but don't overdo it! Listen to your Dr. and the P.T.! Watch out for those acorns! emoticon
    1722 days ago
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