To run or not to run

Happy Friday!

So yesterday I had 2 different orthopedist appointments. The first was with the original Dr. He played around on the knee and I definitely felt pain on the joint line, but we know there’s no miniscus tear. He said I should definitely be done with physical therapy (I’ve had 19 visits). He then did a sonogram type thing to see where exactly the tendons in my knee are so that the injection would be in the right spot. I love stuff like this, so I found it interesting to watch the screen. He also mentioned I could have tendonitis. He gave me the shot, wasn’t too bad. He also said, at a certain point you need to just get back out there and see what happens. He suggested I go run (even that day!) and give it 3 good tries and see how it feels. He 0bviously suggested only a few minutes of running. So I felt with my cortisone-filled knee and was excited that I got the go ahead to get out there. And then I saw Doctor No. 2

I explained everything to Doc. 2 and he looked at my old MRI and report. He was very thorough in his explanations, which I really appreciated and said my MRI wasn’t exactly clean. The report listed some adema (fluid) surrounding the MCL. He also said that running is really hard on the joints and it was probably an overuse injury. (I got the pain a month after my first half marathon.) He said the injection should help and that it will just take some time. Me: So I shouldn’t go out and run tonight? Him: Please don’t. Give it another 3 weeks.

So who do I listen to?

Also, with strange coincidence, yesterday my office had a chiropracter to talk to us individually and then a therapist give us 10 min massages if we wanted. I spoke to him and what he had to say about my hip and allignment maybe being a culprit also made sense. I’ve seen a chiro in the past, so does anyone think that may be a route to go?

I need answers, people!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jocelyn
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 13:41:45

    Hmmm. Well, I have done the Chrio before and it could help but I wouldn’t put all my chips into that basket. Its interesting that the two doctors seemed to have such different opinions. I think that maybe getting a 3rd opinion is in order. I would base it off of what your gut is telling you. If you feel that you are ok to run, try it out. If you have a lot of doubts and think there is something else wrong, I’d hold off. My fingers are crossed for you!!


  2. eatmovewrite
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 15:16:32

    I highly recommend chiros. I also love my accupuncturist. He’s been helping me with my carpal tunnel wrists and it’s been a HUGE help. You might check that out, too.


  3. Heather (Where's the Beach)
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 16:24:37

    Oh well that’s great having 2 totally different suggestions like that….Have you done any internet research by chance? I am kind of with Jocelyn – maybe you need to find a 3rd doc who is also a runner and you might just go for a very slow, very short run to see how it feels.


  4. Becky
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 16:24:54

    I’ve never seen a chiro or sports doc, so I’m no help there. I can say this, trust your gut. Most times, it knows the answer. Sometimes, it’s just not the answer you’re looking for. If you go out there, just promise yourself that you will stop at the first sign of pain. I’m sure dealing with injury is so difficult. Hopefully, the doctors can figure it out soon.


  5. Angela (the diet book junkie)
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 19:24:53

    oh wow…hmm….i would say the safe bet is to listen to doc #2 but i also know how hard it is NOT to run. (it’s torture!!) getting conflicting information sucks. i saw 4 different specialists for my hip and all had different diagnosis. maybe wait a week and see how you feel?


  6. Alan Ross
    Aug 07, 2010 @ 00:58:18

    You know my feeling – go see a chiro and get an opinion! Can’t hurt, and you may feel better.


  7. Lisa
    Aug 08, 2010 @ 09:26:04

    i haven’t followed along with this injury, but as someone who’s had knee issues (multiple times) I suggest going the conservative route. The last thing you want to do is make it worse…


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