|Yes, this was me after reading that e-mail on Monday!|
I did what anyone would do - I called the Dr's office and calmly explained that I scheduled my appointment on-line and was sure I scheduled it for Tuesday not Friday. Unfortunately, they had me in their system for Friday. But, they did have an appointment on Wednesday at 5:15 pm. Ack! Deep breaths, deep breaths...okay, Wednesday was better than Friday. Whatever. This particular Dr is known among the running and tri community, and I personally know a few people who have recovered quickly from various injuries after being treated by him. I figured he was worth the wait.
I went in yesterday expecting nothing short of a miracle. Silly and unrealistic of me, I know. But, dammit, I have a marathon in less than two weeks! And, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. No, I am not totally and completely cured, but I do feel better. Much, much better. As in, I still have some pain, but I can walk without wincing better!
So what was wrong? The terms Glutius Minimus, Glutius Medius and Piriformis were used, as well as
capsular impingement, tendonitis and another -itis. In normal people terms - the issue has little to do with my actual hip joint at all. It's more closely linked to the fact that distance running can fatigue the hip abductors, causing the pelvis to become unstable and force the other muscles to over compensate. This causes the ligaments around the hip to hurt when you move your legs and apply weight to your hip.
So what did the Dr do? First, he asked me to move my legs in different ways - sit and put the ankle of my right leg on the knee of my left leg, stand and lift my leg, etc. Then, manipulated my leg in all kinds of different positions and asked me to tell him when I felt pain. He did a lot of this. For treatment, he used muscle stimulation and added heat to the area. Next, the
|The Glutes - gotta stretch'em!|
Apparently, the hip can be pretty freaking complicated. Who woulda thunk it?
What's next? The Dr warned me that I would be sore the next day (and I am) and told me to rest for the next 36 - 48 hours (except for the prescribed stretches). On Saturday, I get to run! Only a few miles, but hey, it's running. I will see how I feel after that and I will go back to his office on Monday for more
A glimmer of hope! Really, that's what I wanted.
Have you suffered from this? How is your stretching - do you do it religiously, not at all, sometimes?