So my last Orthovisc injection was 2 weeks ago and I wish I could say that I was magically all better but so far I feel no different. My doctor said it could take up to 6 weeks for the full effect to take place so I guess I have 4 more weeks to sit back and wait for the magic to happen. Until that time, they recommended that I start Physical Therapy…..again. It has done me no good in the past (at least for this issue) but while I’m sitting back waiting for the magic to happen, what do I have to lose?
I went to a new Physical Therapist this week and found out that my body is all out of whack. I was put in front of a mirror and shown how my knee faces one way, my pelvic floor faces another and my ribs are out of line. Pretty much the only thing that is in line is my head….so that’s good news, right? I mean if I had to pick one body part to have in line it would probably be my head, so I’m going to count that as a win.
He also told me that I could take the steel plate out of my shoe that I’ve been running with for many months (another doctor’s recommendation) and that my orthotics were also probably not helping me much. I took out the steel plate (at least an ounce of weight gone- bam!), but I’m keeping my orthotics for now because I’m not convinced that they don’t help. I know I pronate and have been to too many other doctors that have told me I need them, so they will stay for now. The most exciting news that he gave me was that if I want to run, I can. He didn’t think I would make things worse by running. Again, this is different than what I’ve been told but since things don’t seem to be any better after all of these months I’ve rest, it is music to my ears. He also said that he needs to think more about how to treat me so I haven’t actually begun any therapy yet….that will hopefully be next week.
I left the appointment, went to the gym and ran 5 miles on the treadmill. And it was hard…very hard. I pretty much had to will myself through it. My knee was okay (during the run anyway), but my hamstring was so tight even after all of this time. I’m very anxious to see where therapy takes me and when this will freaking end! I have done everything I’ve been told and feel like I’m no better off now than I was when I first started this recovery. Very frustrating!