Emo Knee is actually jacked

I know you’ve all been eagerly waiting for an update on my knee! Well, I have one!

I made an appointment with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, per Athletico’s recommendation, and while the practice sounds extremely impressive, they couldn’t get me in for a month. At first I thought, no biggie, if I’m not running, I’m not running. But, I wanted answers sooner rather than later – I was starting to get paranoid that other types of exercise might be further aggravating my knee, and how do I know what’s safe to do? Do I just sit here, not working out at all and drink away my sorrows? But then four different fellow runners (and bloggers) recommended Chicago Primary Care Sports Medicine, and I was able to get an appointment Thursday morning.

I don’t remember exactly what Dr N said, but the gist is that my left (bad) knee goes (trails? buckles?) in. So that’s causing problems. So, literally, my leg is a little bit jacked. I also have weak glutes. So it’s back to Athletico I go, this time for Physical Therapy, starting tomorrow. I have a follow-up appointment with the doctor in a month. He said I can keep running as long as the pain doesn’t get worse. I haven’t run since the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half, although I have been biking and going to CrossTown Fitness. I’m still a little bit nervous about running, because as of late, running = pain.

I’m probably not going to jump back into my marathon training plan as written. I’ll likely try to run 3 times per week, and make up the lost mileage with swimming. And of course do the strength my PT recommends, get in some classes at CTF, and do yoga, stretching, foam rolling and all that. And we’ll see how it goes. If there is pain, and there likely will be at least for the immediate future, I’m not going to suffer through it. If the pain goes away and I still have time to get in decent training, then we’ll keep going. So, I could run the marathon this year, or not.

I don’t have all the answers, but at least I know I can keep working out. It doesn’t appear to be some crazy stress fracture or ruptured tendon or something scary like that. But I think he might be on to something with this trailing in left knee.

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11 Comments on “Emo Knee is actually jacked”

  1. Well, I am glad you were able to get some answers! I hope the PT and cross-training work out for you – and you’re right. At least you can keep working out! Good luck, lady!

  2. All things considered, I think this is a pretty promising diagnosis. I presume he checked out your ligaments/meniscus (that was the first thing my sports doc did when I went in on Wednesday), and as long as those aren’t torn (which they clearly aren’t), your recovery will probably be a lot easier/faster than if they had been. Plus your PT(s) will be able to give you a lot in terms of appropriate strength training/rehab. That’s what they do!

    Also, I don’t know how things are with CES, but I know with CARA, if you fall off your training program you can e-mail the training program manager and be all, “HALP I’M LOST,” and she’ll restructure the training program for you where you are. If CES has someone like that, I’d definitely shoot them a message, fill them in on your situation, and get some recommendations for safely getting back on track with training. The last thing you want to do is injure something else from doing too much too soon!

    1. I’m sure CES could do that (I doubt I’m the only one sidelined). I had my first PT appointment today and he did give me exercises but has not cleared me to run at this point – I can do anything else that doesn’t cause pain. We’ll see how the next appoint next Thursday goes.

  3. Welcome to the weak glutes club! I’m glad you got in to see a doctor right away, it’s definitely better to know and start working on everything sooner rather than later. Good luck with your butt PT!

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