Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Update on my knee(s)

I realized I haven't mentioned my knees much lately. They're handling the workouts really well, but I'm taking good care of them, too. Post-workouts, I ice them and take Aleve. I also use the foam roller to keep that scar tissue growing long instead of short. I stretch my legs, a lot. I take my Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM and my Hyaluronic Acid. And I'm listening to my body. If it hurts (pain, not muscle) I stop and modify. I have a long way to go in a relatively short time - I have a lot of work to do on my legs & rear, but I can only get to the goal, get to the stage, if I respect my body - and my limitations. 

Yes, it sucks to have limitations. Example... last night in class, we're in pushup position with our hands on a medicine ball, then doing mountain-climbers - fast (also, we do a variation, where you place your foot beside the ball - stretch, return to pushup position, step your other foot to the other side of the ball). Not me. I can do them, but I can't do them fast - my knee, actually the lateral where it was cut - pulls painfully. I'm good if I do them slowly. 

It's frustrating. I want to do all the plyos, I want to keep up with the jumps and hops the class does, but when I find myself doing it on one leg to reduce pain... I give myself a mental "dumbass" thump and modify.

So that's where my knees are. They're doing good, but I'm really aware of them. So far ice and Aleve are controlling pain and swelling. It hurts to get up after I've been sitting, but moving around doesn't bother me. My surgery was Dec. 16... It fixed part of what was damaged, but I still have the arthritis, the degenerative condition in my kneecaps, and the patellar tendonitis. Surgery couldn't / can't fix that. Considering that I'm training for a figure show, I think I'm pretty happy with my rehab :-)

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