Well, so much for starting Ironman training. I was looking forward to getting my base building training rolling, but I only made it through Monday and Tuesday before throwing in the towel.
So I got yanked, prodded, and x-rayed for a second time and after my x-rays came out clean I was diagnosed with patellar chondromalacia which is what I expected. Basically my kneecap came out of alignment and rubbed against the bone and cause some irritation to the cartilage underneath.
I was shipped off out of the doctors office with a script for prescription strength oral anti inflammatory meds and a script for physical therapy. Thankfully the place the recommended is right across the street from my office, so I can just wander over as needed since my job is pretty flexible like that. The negative here is that I have to pay a copay every time I go, twice a week for a month. I’m perpetually broke and where this money will come from is unknown to me. Probably my poor sad credit card. Sigh. Nothing like charging medical bills to make you feel financially secure.
The PT place was able to get me in right away when I walked in. The PT I’m seeing yanked, pulled, and shoved on my legs in every which way. He measured my range of mobility and strength, studied my gait, and measured my legs. Fun fact, my left leg is longer and I’m in the “gray area” of it may be a bit too much longer than other. True story. But the general consensus from both my PT and sports med doc is that favoring my hip caused me to change my gait and throw my knee out of alignment. So my new regimen is oral anti inflammatory, anti inflammatory cream, ice, stretching, PT. I’m still cleared to keep working out as long as I do all of the aforementioned things immediately afterwards. In fact, the PT encouraged me to run Monday morning at least a few hours before my appointment. So we’ll see.
I’m a bit sore from all the prodding and yanking from today, but glad to be getting some real help in getting over all this. And I’m seriously glad I’m still cleared to run, for now at least. Fingers crossed that by December I’m all fixed up and good to go. I plan to continue training as much as possible through all this. I need to get my base building in so I can kick up the intensity in the early spring. I’ve got big goals for 2014 and being sidelined ain’t one of em.