Both? I remember sitting at my desk thinking “my knee hurts.” And then one day getting out of my car, it REALLY hurt. But if it doesn’t hurt while running, it’s just one of those aches that will work itself out, right? It didn’t. And I can run slowly, but any kind of decent pace and it will let me know later in a bad way. Biking and stair climbing killed it while doing it. And yoga is pretty much out – I actually suspect that’s what started it in the first place. I can’t do child’s pose or a “comfortable seat” or anything that puts my knee in an awkward angle. And now I can’t do anything that arches my back – because I’m actively trying to improve my Beyoncé butt (sway back).
I started going to a PT hoping that she could figure out what could fix it. I have so much wrong with me from genetics, too much sitting, and running that it’s tricky for anyone to figure if there’s any one thing more out of whack than usual. I was impressed she zeroed in right away on all my messed body parts… After various rounds of needling, massage, taping, cupping, and 10 million and one stretches/exercises it never got all the way better… she suggested I get an MRI. She knew I was resisting because they’re $2500. Now I wish I had done it sooner because not only do I get a new deductible Jan. 1, but I’m going to Mexico Dec 27th!
We’ve already got horseback riding and zip lining booked.
Funny/not funny… I have floored yet another PT office with the immobility of my ankles. It’s always fun to see their eyes bug out when I attempt to squat, or even touch my knee to the wall. They’re like “I have 80 year old patients that are better than you.” Uh.. yep. I know! And one memorable interaction with the trainer guy… He had me doing the calf raise machine – no real weight, but hoping gravity could help…
Me: <finished raising up and just sitting on/in the machine>
Trainer: OK. Now just push your heels toward the floor.
Me: I am?!
Trainer: No. I mean push them to the floor like this. <demonstrates>
Me: That’s what I’m trying to do. This is as far as they go.
What does it feel like? Does it hurt? Where do you feel a stretch?
Me: I feel nothing. Nothing feels tight. They just don’t move. It’s like if I told you to bend your elbow backward, it wouldn’t hurt. You just couldn’t do it. That’s how this feels.
Trainer: But my elbow isn’t supposed to move backwards. Your ankle/calf should move like that.