Knee Update

So, the knee is not healing as quickly as I’d like.  Of course anything over a day is too much time for me. 

However, I’ve been having quite a bit of pain in one spot in my knee which has made for a change in my physical therapy regimen. 

I still can’t do any type of squat or lunge without feeling my patella shift and causing significant pain. 

Of course adding in the fact that my ankle is screwed up and so is the hip makes fixing the mess that is known as my right leg a bit of a problem. An exercise for the knee causes the hip to click and snap, an ankle exercise causes the knee to hurt, and so on. It’s basically a trial and error type procedure right now. And, of course one day an exercise may be fine and the next causes pain. Needless to say I’m a bit frustrated by all of this. It is looking like I will be doing more than 6 weeks of physical therapy at this rate as we are already half way through the first 6 week stint. 

Today, we also did talk about a brace and how to go about getting one. Which we are going to talk to my doctor about and see if insurance will cover the type of brace I need. 

It’s all about baby steps right now. 

Chiropractor

Went to the chiropractor today to get the hip worked on. I don’t really feel that it’s moving at all. The chiropractor says it is but I don’t feel it. 

I mean when they manipulate my back and neck I feel and hear it. However, with my hip I feel as though nothing is moving. I can tell you this for sure the hip is still out and not anywhere near back in. 

It’s definitely getting frustrating. The hip out, the knee being weak and hurting, and the ankle pain is starting to wear on me. And I really want to get back into the gym doing some serious work again. Unfortunately, that’s not an option. 

Being injured sucks and this whole healing thing is getting old quick. I have at least another 6 weeks before I can return to activity maybe longer. *#@&$*#% is pretty much all I have to say about this nonsense. 

6 Weeks Of PT

Yesterday I had my first physical therapy appointment for my leg. We’re looking at least 6 weeks before I can do any real activity. And, well yuck to that. 

There was work on the ankle and then work on the knee. My new friend is a Thera-band. Not that Thera-band is really a new friend to me. I’ve had my fair share of use with them. 

With the ankle we do some massage to break up any adhesions I have going on, followed by some dorsiflexion, plantarfexion, and some eversion, all with a Thera-band for some resistance. Also working on my balance/proprioception. 

After the ankle we moved onto the knee. And, well that’s a bit of a disaster. There isn’t anything you can actually do for my knee except work on strength of the muscles around the knee. So you guessed it lots of quad, hamstring, glute, hip adductor and abductor work. Hello leg lifts, clam shells, and eventually leg extensions and curls. This is all followed up with some electric stim to the VMO to get that baby firing and strong. We did a McConnell taping to help with keeping the kneecap in place. It works great and definitely made it feel more stable, unfortunately it’s not a lifetime solution. 

Here’s hoping that the physical therapy will make things feel better and stronger. I really don’t want to have surgery. 

Of course we are supposed to be getting another snow storm tonight into tomorrow. And, they are now calling for 4-8+ inches. If we get that here I can assure you I won’t be having physical therapy as the entire city will be shut down. Who am I kiddingb it hasn’t even started snowing yet and they’ve already started canceling and closing things for tomorrow. 

I’m also supposed to have a chiropractor appointment tomorrow to work on my hip so that we can get this leg in shape. However, that will be cancelled to I’m sure. 

Good thing I can do almost all of the physical therapy treatments at home myself. I don’t have a stim unit, that does muscle contraction so I’ll have to skip that step but otherwise I can get everything else in. 

I need to get back to the gym sooner rather than later. 

Electric Stim I Love You

I go to the chiropractor I am a firm believer in getting adjusted.  Well the last couple of days my lower back has been all sorts of messed up.  The worse part of the entire thing is I did nothing to cause it to be this way.  Tuesday, I saw the magic back man, and actually I walked out feeling worse than when I had went in, so I knew I was in for some major work needing to be done.  I visited the man again, and today we went with some electric stimulation and heat before the adjustments started.  Now, I was an athletic training major in college I know all about E-stim, and love it, not to mention the multiple injuries I’ve sustained over the years that warranted some E-stim treatment as well.  I had my treatment and the cracking and shifting of my bones, and did feel considerably better.  But, here we are 12 hours later and I am kind of wishing I had my own E-Stim machine because I’d be hooked up to that thing.  I have another appointment tomorrow to hopefully get this thing under control and everything back into place.

The only time I feel pretty good is when I am moving or exercising, so guess what I’ve been doing a lot of moving and exercising.  Sitting still intensifies the pain, so I’m okay with that.  The more moving I do the better for me anyway right.

Anyway, I’m hoping this starts getting better soon, because I don’t really like the feeling.