This hopefully won’t be my one and only post for today because it’s about as exciting as a post about my knees can get, but I thought I’d update you on my trip to the doctor.
I went to a sports medicine physician today to have my knees checked out. X-rays showed that there’s not abnormal wear and tear so that’s good. After doing an exam of both my knees, he’s decided I’m the lucky winner of BOTH runner’s knee and IT Band Syndrome! Awesome.
Good news is… even if my knees hurt while running I’m not doing permanent damage that will result in a double knee replacement surgery in 10 years.
Bad news is… I need to go to physical therapy. I guess that’s not really bad news. He offered to amputate them, and I guess that would have been official bad news.
I like my new doctor. He actually ran the Disney Marathon too so we bonded a bit over the boringness of miles 18-23. But we both said it was fun (so everyone sign up for Team Damian!!!!–no I’m not giving up) I have a feeling if I keep doing distance running and/or amping up my mileage even more, I’m going to be seeing him often. Hopefully not though.
For those of you wondering what it is/how I got both Runners Knee and ITBS, they’re kind of related so it’s not that surprising.
The IT Band is the muscles/tissue that stretches from the outside of your hip down to your knee. As you run that muscle can become tight and the constant pulling on the tendon by the knee and the friction that creates can cause it to hurt. When that muscle gets tight and then muscles on the inside of your thigh don’t (common in runners) the imbalance will cause you knee cap to not stay in place as you run. This slight movement causes irritation to the cartilage behind the knee cap causing runners knee. Thus they are kind of related but you don’t always get as lucky as me and get both. As I told Emily, the running gods must love me.
Physical therapy will work to stretch out my tight muscles while building strength in my weaker ones. Once I’m “re-balanced” I should start to notice a significant decrease in pain. We’ll see…. Either way, I’m just glad to know the pain isn’t a sign of worse things to come. I can deal with pain. I can’t deal with not running ever again.