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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!