PT, the Beginning

Hello eaters!

I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one with less than regular eating habits. I rather like it that way, though.

Okay, so I briefly mentioned yesterday that I’m in physical therapy. Today was my second session so I figure it’s high time that I fill you all in.

I mean, you’ve been listening to the saga of my not good knee for so long that I can’t leave you hanging, right?

Right!

I had an appointment with my orthopedist last Thursday. While it certainly wasn’t the best date I’ve been on, I did get what I wanted — a prescription for PT!

My first appointment was bright and early Tuesday morning. My physical therapist spent a good bit of time poking and lifting and looking, to get a feel for how things are held together.

The verdict: they’re not held together very well.

It didn’t take long for her to realize that my abductors are really strong while my adductors are really weak. My IT band is also really tight.

All of this means that in addition to everything else that’s misaligned in my legs, my firm outer thigh and weak inner thigh are pulling my kneecap to the outside.

I knew that my adductors were on the weak side, but I had no idea 1) just how much like limp noodle they were, and 2) how much that affected everything else. So between Tuesday and Thursday I got put through a host of evaluations and given a handful of moves to do at home.

For example…

Keep the knee as straight as possible.

A straight leg lift. Normally this move works your quad, but when you turn your foot out about 45 degrees it gets more of your adductor.

This one looks petty unattractive from behind.

Cross body leg lift. I used to do this pretty regularly, but the more hardcore and heart pounding my workouts became the less I wanted to do things on the floor. Now I’m really regretting that.

Partial wall sit with a ball. For this one I have to squeeze a ball between my knees and hold a wall sit for 15 seconds, and repeat 5 times. I used to be able to do wall sits for days, but once I added in the ball (thus activating my adductors) I was done.

Low lunges. I have to hold a low lunge for 30 seconds, and repeat 3 times. This is to stretch out my overly tight quads. Yeah…they’re pretty bad.

These are just a few of the moves I have to do. I won’t bore you with all of them (there’s about a half dozen), but I will say that all of them make it painfully clear just how bad off my knee got.

The thing I’m most shocked about is how reluctant I’ve become to straighten my knee.

It hurt a lot. And something else that hurt a lot — the fact that I’ll be going twice a week for the next two weeks with the goal of being about to sit cross-legged on the flour and to sit comfortably through a 75 minute class.

Yeah, it’s a lot of work for something so thoughtless for most other people. When my physical therapist decided that these were reasonable goals on the first day I was more than a little sad. Disheartened. Bummed the fuck out.

You get the idea.

But at this point I’m so disheartened in general that I can take a little more as long as there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I will stick with my at-home exercises. And eventually, Ashley and I will be reunited. I’m already planning a new route for our first ride.

But in the mean time, got any words of encouragement you want to pass along? I’d greatly appreciate it, eaters.

G’night eaters!

Comments

  1. Painful Knees says:

    Please see if your insurance will cover a bone scan…. I spent a lot of time in PT to discover that my joints were inflamed. Also make sure you have enough B5 A B12 complex will help also in lieu if you want to do that… I suffered for 2 years before we discovered a simple but expensive cure. Walking and biking are good but you might want to re think the lunges. "Low Impact!" is the key.

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