The gray of injury
I’m in that phase of injury recovery that is probably the most frustrating - the time where you have more questions than answers and every step forward is soon joined by a painful step backwards.
Today, for example, was the first day that I really felt no knee pain walking around during the day. Then at practice I decided to go ahead and do my rehab exercises. But the weight room didn’t have exactly the type of resistance band I needed. So I switched to the nautilus machines, thinking I could handle it as long as I kept the weight really low, as in the lowest possible setting, 10 pounds.
About an hour later the knee stiffened up again, though not as badly as last week. Clearly I am in for a long haul. But how long is what I still don’t know. My chiropractor has been great at helping me deal with the inflammation but still the root issue persists. My massage therapist/acupuncturist has also worked on me and like the chiropractor thinks I do not have ligament damage and that it’s neuromuscular in nature. He’s also located an issue in my piriformis on the same side. That’s disconcerting because I once fought piriformis syndrome for a coupe of years and after a lot of hard work, beat it back. So that’s coming back, too? Ugh. In any case, he thinks I should get an MRI on the knee.
Meanwhile my next stop is with my regular physician, on Friday, for ostensibly my annual checkup. It’s a physical exam, but the topic of my knee and what to do about it will surely come up. Perhaps, after that I will be on my way to some answers. What do I have? How do I recover from it? Time? Surgery? How long will it take? Will I be able to run Boston? I just want to know, already, so I can move on with a plan to deal with it and become a healthy runner once again.