Well. Got my 3D gait analysis report and it's an incredible mix of 'knew that' and 'are you shitting me'
Overall it was really good - no-one's ever suggested I could be a "good runner" before
or an athlete of any description. But the punch line was that if I get my lazy muscles to wake up and thereby fix the left/right difference, I have excellent form and gait and can be "a very good runner". Given all the issues I related to her: sciatica, scoliosis causing leg length discrepancy etc. she said I have adapted amazingly well; the scoliosis specifically, while she can see it when examining me, doesn't cause any gait problems whatsoever. I run softly (something else I've never heard before
) with equal weight on both sides.
And my knees are as close to perfect normal as she's ever seen. Using a scoring out of 100 against the normative database I got 97 for my knees
Lower for hips & ankles but not significantly so...it's my functionality where it all collapses. Literally.
My knee hurts due to overuse because it & my right quad are basically the only things exerting any effort. All the rest - glutes, hammies, calves & left quad - are just lazy fuckers phoning it in
So, going forward:
-- wake up & strengthen glutes <--- expected that. I have 4 exercises to do 3x15 of every day for the next 2 weeks
-- ditto hammies & calves if fixing the glutes doesn't automatically flow through <--- she thinks it'll flow through & my glutes are the bad apple causing the barrel to rot
-- change shoes to neutral with good cushioning <--- are you shitting me...Winnipeg's homeless are about to get some very nice shoe donations! After 16 years in stability/motion control this is huge
-- physio for dural mobility <--- not entirely sure what this means in detail other than that hamstring stretches are useless for my left leg as my nerve flexibility stops the stretch before my hammy is used
-- no need for orthotics or a gait reassessment. Get my muscles woken up & my gait is fine
I'm gleeful, no other way to put it. This is all fixable and at the base, after 40+ years of being picked last for sports & told I'm inflexible, overweight, uncoordinated, and shouldn't exercise due to disc issues...I've been told I can be an athlete if I just put in some work on my leg muscles
I know it won't be easy & when she says to do the exercises daily I have to do them EVERY DAY...but all the excuses about compressed discs, sciatica, patellofemoral pain, scoliosis etc. are gone (for running at least)
oh, and in dailies: personal training last night focusing on upper body. Physio also released me to run, strength train just no kneeling or deep lunges/squats. Obviously don't do anything that causes pain. So should be Ok for hill training tonight after I buy NEW SHOES