PT to Fix What Ails You

Oh my gosh. First, this: Clicky here, inspiration abound. If you’re too lazy to click, it’s the promo commercial for the NBC coverage of IRONMAN Kona World Championship taking place on Saturday November 16 at 430pm EST. It’s awesome, and makes me hope and wish and dream that I get a lottery spot for Kona. Please world, let me go to Kona!

Okay, and now out of my fantasy land inside my brain and back to real life. I had my first real round of PT yesterday. It started off with The Laser! My PT lasered my hip and my knee to break down any swelling and encourage cell regeneration. Cool stuff. Then he wrapped my left leg and knee and wrap similar to a blood pressure cuff, but this was in fact a giant ice pack. It contracted and released like a blood pressure cuff, but it was super cold. My leg was crazy red afterwards. 

After that a nice blond girl brought me out on to the main floor and had me do some quad stretches followed by some quad and hip strength exercises with ankle weights before moving me onto a machine for some quad and hammy workouts. Then, my PT came back over and put me on the foam roller. A foam roller is one of those things that has been on my to buy list for a very long time and I just haven’t ever gotten around to it. Maybe because I know it hurts, but he keeps saying how tight both my IT bands are, so I painstakingly rolled those out. And my appointment finished up with electrolysis covered by yet more ice packs. I should mention I ran and lifted yesterday morning before my appointment and iced right afterwards, so I think I’m all iced out at this point.  

I’m happy to say that my knee, while it still hurt throughout the day, did not hurt anywhere near what it did last Monday. Last week I could barely walk thirty feet from my car to the building my program was in without fighting tears. Today was on and off nagging pain but not enough to keep me from going to spinning. And now post spinning it’s about the same level of nagging pain from before. So here’s to hoping PT will fix this right up. My hip is feeling pretty good lately, so hopefully once the swelling there is completely gone it won’t be an issue anymore and I can get my knee in order, get my gait back to normal, and be injury free by December. 

In other news, my aunt comes tonight and is staying through Friday morning. This means my eating will probably be pretty off. I’m struggling to get it back on point as it is, so this will be a bit difficult on my not so on point training, but my aunt rocks and I can’t wait to hang out with her for three nights.  

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3 Replies to “PT to Fix What Ails You”

  1. Yay for feeling better! Also, I really want to get a foam roller because my legs are always super tight. Now that your PT makes you use one I know I should get one asap! I hope you have me for the Junebug Secret Santa so you can buy me one 🙂

  2. Omg you sound just like me! I’m dealing with a hip and knee issue right now too! I’ve been seeing a sports chiropractor for about 3 weeks. He’s helping it but I still have some pain after my runs (and only short runs because that’s all he will allow me to do). And half marathon training is halted…and my next half is Dec. 7th! I’m icing and rolling too! Good luck in your healing!!! I hope we both get back to new soon!!!

    1. Yes, seriously, good luck! Knee pain is the worst! Will you get cleared to do your half, maybe as a walk/run plan or something? I also have to decrease mileage for the time being but I’m grateful I’m still cleared to run some.

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