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!
Eliptical - 15 minutes
Bike - 10.78 miles, 30:00, 21.56mph
Jillian's Shred - Day 4
Jay-Z - Can I Get A (Careful - inappropriate lyrics - in sidebar)