Thursday, March 5, 2009

Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel?!

This morning I had my second physical therapy appointment. Second, and maybe final?

He asked me how the exercises were going. I told him I was getting used to them, doing them two times a day and actually increasing the reps from 10 to 15. He seemed shocked and I couldn't tell if he was surprised to hear that I was actually doing them twice a day or shocked that I had increased the reps. Would I do any less than what was expected? No.

He then proceeded to show me a couple more exercises to try out and then had me get on the eliptical for 15 minutes. He seemed pretty optimistic, and thinks that this "injury" is just the result of weak muscles, especially since the pain isn't there when I ride bike, do the eliptical, walk or go up and down the stairs. Good news.

He gave me some options. He said he could show me how to tape my knee cap in place, but said that he usually only tapes when pain is present doing the exercises. That's not the case for me and he doesn't think it's necessary in this case. He also said that we could do an ultrasound. But, since there is no pain walking he doesn't recommend it. He said I could make an appointment to check back in a week or just keep doing my exercises for the next 4-5 weeks, slowly adding some running into my routine, and give him a call if I have any questions or concerns.

What did I choose? To keep up with my exercises and to slowly get back to running. Very. Slowly.

He said to pay close attention to my running form and make sure that I am stepping more on the outside of my feet, as he is thinking that I might be stepping on the inside more, with my knees going in, causing all these problems.



This morning when I woke, I didn't have a single sore muscle! This evening I rode the bike for about 30 minutes and then spent 20 minutes with Jillian. I completed day 4. I am looking forward to moving onto Step 2, but know that I am not ready. My shoulders and legs still burn like crazy when doing a couple of the exercises! I did take some measurements on my hips, waist, thighs and biceps, but am not going to post. I will post the differences (if any) at the end of the 30 days!

I am off to do my PT exercises and then some paperwork. Grr. I leave for the Twin Cities tomorrow to spend some time with my sistah, so I will catch up with y'all when I return Sunday! Don't worry, Jillian will be coming with me! Have a wonderful weekend y'all!

Today's Workout:
Eliptical - 15 minutes
Bike - 10.78 miles, 30:00, 21.56mph
Jillian's Shred - Day 4

Today's Song:
Jay-Z - Can I Get A (Careful - inappropriate lyrics - in sidebar)

24 comments:

Borsch said...

That sounds like an optimistic appointment! I hope things keep going in the right direction.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Good news and good job doing your PT exercises. That's the key !!

Blyfinn said...

That sounds like great news! I can hardly wait until I feel like I'm on the mend.

Shannon said...

Awesome! Keep strengthening those muscles and keeping them loose with the foamy!

Michelle said...

YAY i am so happy things are progressing in a more positive note!!!

Keep on doing what your doing.

You will be back to running in no time!!!

Makita said...

That's great, Stacy! Keep up the great work! :D

Jess said...

WHOOO HOOO!!! So glad you're PT went well and that you're well on your way to being mended!!!!

Wes said...

I was just reading an interesting article on minimal running shoes in Triathlete Magazine. The article thinks that cushioned heels and "correcting" shoes may be the source of a lot of running injuries. *yikes!* I don't know who to believe now!!

You are working hard, and I'm glad to see you will have this thing licked in no time! Have a great weekend!

My Life & Running said...

I think I'm going to have to check out both the Shred and knee video!

Glad to hear the knee is feeling an eensey bit better!

Carolina John said...

Cool! that sounds fantastic from the pt. good news is always a great way to finish the week.

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

It sounds like you are really making good progress. I think you made the right decisions. Keep up the good work and have fun with your sister.

aron said...

that is great news!!! hope the progress only continues :)

have a great weekend!!

RunToFinish said...

oh I'm so happy for you!

Ms. Math said...

Have a fun weekend with your sis!

Runner Leana said...

Sounds like a good PT appointment! Good job on doing your PT exercises. You are so much better at that than me!

COTY said...

good to read youre progressing. Hope it gets back to normal for you soon. Hey & thankyou for all of the encouragement,it stinks trying to build back up again. It sure makes you appreciate good health!
Have a great weekend :o)

Natalie D said...

I would have chosen the same option, keep up those exercises. Glad things seem to be going well and improvement is near!

audgepodge said...

Great! Keep at it :)

I really need to look into this Shred :)

BeachRunner said...

Yay.

Danielle said...

I'm sure he was surprised you were doing them. So many people don't! I know I was so good about them the first times. Trying so hard to be good and get things fixed. I SO need to get back to that now.

Laurel said...

That's great news about your knee. Keep doing those exercises and you'll be back in fighting shape in no time.

Have fun at your sister's house!

Annette said...

Sounds like you are a model patient! The PT's gotta love that. :) Way to go. I hope you keep improving!

akshaye said...

Sounds like the appointment went well. Great job pushing yourself with the PT exercises. I hope all is well soon.

AKA Alice said...

Hooray for no soreness!! You are so smart for sticking to the PT's program. It's tough to not run (I know), but you'll be back stronger.