I’ve had several people ask me about my knee, and my progress with it lately. I guess that means it’s time for a little update post!
My [left] knee (and my right glute, for that matter) have been doing so much better since January. To recap very quickly, I went to the orthopedic doctor the first week of January, and was instructed to take 2 weeks off running, I received a cortisone shot in my knee, and was sent home with a diagnosis of a torn meniscus. When I ran again, 2 weeks later, the pain was back. At the beginning of February, and an MRI later, it was determined my knee was structurally sound, no tears in my meniscus, or elsewhere. I was given 2 more cortisone shots in different parts of my knee. I was frustrated and upset, and after several more visits to my chiropractor, he gave me a series of stretches that have diminished the pain so much that it is all but gone.
I don’t know how much the pain diminished due to the shots, and how much the chiropractic stretches and needlings and adjustments have attributed to it. I also stopped wearing my Hokas (they were about worn out anyway) and switched to my Altra Lone Peaks. The change in shoes, chiropractic stretches, and cortisone shots all happened within about 2 weeks, during which, my knee felt 60-80% better.
I continue to do my knee stretches every other day or so, and I’d venture a guess that the pain is 85% gone. I get twinges behind my knee on the lateral side every now and then, and I can tell if I’m not doing my stretches for a couple days, because it gets worse and I get back to stretching. My glute is also doing so much better, due to stretches loosening up my lower back, taking the pressure off a disc or two that are unhappy.
Overall, I’m very happy, but also kind of waiting for the pain to come back. I’m so hopeful that the stretches are doing the trick, and it’s not the shots that made the pain go away, because once the shots wear off, I don’t want the pain to come back!
I’ve been running 20-25 miles per week now for 4-5 weeks, mostly pain free, or at least a heck of a lot less pain than before. I’m also cycling about 30-40 miles per week, either on the cycle bikes at the gym in class or on my own beautiful little bike around home. I know cycling is helping strengthen my legs, which definitely helps my knee, and is also helping me run stronger.
I feel like I’ve stumbled onto some kind of magic formula… I don’t want to change my shoes. I don’t want to stop running or cycling. I don’t want to stop my stretches. I feel like I’m balancing and hanging on and don’t want to chance anything! I’ve re-evaluated my goals, and for now, I’m going to keep on doing what I’m doing, and hopefully I will continue to be pain free, or at least mostly pain free while I’m at it!
I’m happy, and I’m working on getting healthy, and having my knee on board sure helps! The real test will be the three half marathons I have coming up, one each in April, May, and June. I’m confident that I’ll get through them, one step at a time, my knee, hopefully, on board with me!