I wanna be the Helen Keller to this PT guy's Annie Sullivan. Without all the throwing of food... #GottaHeal #GottaQualify #BostonMarathon
Yes, I had my first day of PT today to see what we can do about my knee problem. I would not say we got Miracle Worker results, but it's early yet.
Kevin, the PT, was completely awesome. I estimated to Scott that the appointment would be about 30 minutes, 45 if I was lucky. I got about 90 minutes of his undivided attention. WOW! Among other notes:
- I was video taped on the treadmill so he could analyze my gate (stay tuned for the that)
- He put kinseo (sp?) tape on my leg (my beach volleyball skills immediately went through the roof, and if you didn't watch Misty May-Trainer and Kerry Walsh in the 2012 Games, nevermind)
- I had each of my legs measured to see if they were the same length (they are technically the same, though something about the way I walk makes the right one shorter)
- I made a joke ("Well, I wouldn't be surprised if they are not the same length, my parents are first cousins.")
- He made a joke. ("Good news. They are the same length. Must be second cousins.")
- I had my legs bent and my leg strength tested in some bizarre angles. (Felt super wussy during this phase of things but good ol' Kevin did not call me a Pansy or anything.)
- I had Ultrasound therapy, an explanation for which I have lifted from ehow.com because I wasn't sure what it was:
- It's looking like I have tendinitis (I don't know the name of the tendon. He said it but it was more than 4 letters long so it went out of my brain).
- The treatment is very specific stretches for my quad and hip flexor 2-3 times a day. (He gave me a print out of how to do the stretches, thank heavens.) This trick to this is to get the stretch without stressing the knee. Not simple.
- He also recommends foam rolling "everywhere". (I assume this means everywhere on my body, and not everywhere in the world. That might take awhile).
- He said my hamstrings are actual quite good/flexible... for a runner.
- I am okay to run as long as I can handle the pain. (I ran another hilly 3-miler with the stroller this afternoon... 3 is definitely as far as my knee wants to go for now)
- I have 2 more appointments this week in which he will go over his analysis of my gait and give me some strength exercises. (He agrees that I probably have a bit of Dead Butt Syndrome. Maybe I have MOSTLY Dead Butt Syndrome, like a character is The Princess Bride might have.)
So, I am feeling pretty good about this. We have a glorious week off from school/work, so I can
sleep in not worry about rushing out in the mornings. In fact, when I got home from the run this afternoon, Scott had dinner going on the deck. I had the luxury of stretching and foam rolling out in the sunshine, on the deck, boys playing in the yard, baby toddling around my legs, and a beer within reach. Life is very, very good!
Gabe and me post-hill conquering. Slow pace, short distance. Still, I'll take it!
My beach volleyball leg, yoga mat, foam roller, running buddy and sunshine.