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Rebuilding Strength After Injury

Saturday, September 12, 2020

I have longstanding, chronic pain in my left hip joint--an old injury from 2006. I'm used to it, and I work around it. Exercise and strength-training help. But in late June, a new issue started to crop up on top of that, making it difficult to walk without seriously limping. I could still run, with an adequate long warm-up; I was running about 1.5 miles a few days a week. On June 27, I completed a 1-mile virtual run. But my leg was bothering me, and it was far more difficult than it should have been.
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The weather turned hot and humid that week anyway, so I hit pause on running. Instead, I cleaned out my spare room and turned it into my home office. I helped my dad move and unpack. I went swimming, and started kayaking on a calm lake every couple of weeks. It was lovely to be able to share that peaceful activity with friends. I played frisbee a few times when the weather was nice.
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But walking became increasingly painful. Something was wrong, I just couldn't figure out what. I started wondering if I needed something drastic, like hip replacement surgery.
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In late August, the root of the problem suddenly dawned on me--and I was right! A simple chiropractic adjustment realigned my pelvis, bringing my left hip forward. That allowed my left leg to move naturally in the hip socket, without a painful impingement. The relief was immediate.
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I swam over Labor Day Weekend, which further eased tight lower back muscles and improved my range of motion. I made plans to swim at a friend's house next week--it needs to be a semi-regular thing.
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There was still an issue, though. I became aware that the muscles underneath my right shoulder blade were tight and knotted. So this week, I went to a massage therapist for a deep tissue massage, and sure enough. What a relief! The knotted shoulder was undoubtedly affecting my neck, back and hips.
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Having been so physically limited for two months, I need to rebuild strength and stability. I've begun with squats and planks. I take a few small daily walks that include climbing stairs. It's amazing to be able to walk without a jolt of pain at every step, and my limp is barely perceptible. I've picked up the dumbbells again, too--just one set of each move for now.
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My goal is to start running again by the end of September. Hopefully I'll shed a few more pounds along the way. I'm glad to be heading in the right direction!
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  • KAYOTIC
    emoticon glad you found something that helps!
    171 days ago
  • JILLIAN0216
    I love things like this. The body isn't working properly and seeking alternatives to "normal" western medicine to help. I don't do these alternatives often enough. I do believe in their power.
    172 days ago
  • MNABOY
    Way to Go!
    172 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    Is the picture on your banner your cat? Just curious.

    OH HOW AWESOME that you have been able to get the help and it's WORKED right off!! WOW!! I love this!!

    Remember on the Dawggie team you can JUMP right back into reporting your exercise. I'm Diane and your new CL. Have you signed up for the 2020 Fall 5% Challenge? The Dawggies still have a little bit of space left if you'd like to rejoin us. You and I have quite a bit in common and I'd really like to have you on our team. If you'd like to join us ,,, you can click on my picture or Ruffits, Katies, Cheri's (Cheririddell) or Onedoglvr,,, and from our page click on the 2020 Fall 5% Challenge (the earth with the orangy brown, green and blue) hit the JOIN button, than scroll down to the Read How to Pick your team Forum,, and choose the Dawggies. WOOHOO

    Like BCHARIE I too do yoga and it makes so much difference.
    172 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    wonderful solutions
    172 days ago
  • MILPAM3
    Glad the issues could be taken care of and COVID wasn't keeping you from hands-on therapy.
    173 days ago
  • BCHARIE
    Isn't it awesome when a good massage sets things right!!!! Do you ever do Yoga? I fractured L! spine years ago and have had back/hip problems that are relieved with yoga. But I am so much more comfortable when I do yoga, all over.

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    173 days ago
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