The saga continues.
Saw my local physio again on Monday afternoon, after a fun-packed day with a client in Crawley. Crawley is not a natural holiday destination.
Physio prognosis was that other than a very tight left quad, everything was pretty much okay. Nothing wrong with my hip or knee. Her view was that exercise, by its nature, tightens things up. Too much tightening eventually brings on pain. Stretching reduces tightness. Therefore stretching is the answer. There was some analogy about a ruler. And a lot of chatting about a holiday cottage in Wales while she massaged my IT Band.
But I was concerned that we seem to be in "let's fix the symptoms rather than tackle root cause" territory so I availed myself of my medical insurance and a tackled Nuffield for a second opinion.
A phone consultation with them yesterday sounded reasonable. Very much focused on "Let's get the immediate residual pain sorted out but let's concentrate on getting your legs stronger and working out what's really going on here." So I'm seeing them in Tunbridge Wells on Friday and they can continue my therapy in Crawley as I move around over the next few weeks/months. The man on the phone seemed to want to get me to doing Box Jumps at some point; if I can do box jumps then that would give me enough leg strength to do anything except an ultramarathon. All the indications seemed to be that this was a relatively easy fix.
I'm also down for a Sports Massage tomorrow. Fun and games.
I did go for a jogette this morning. Lots of thunderstorms overnight and the temperate is right down now thankfully. A walk down the lane, a jog back, rinse and repeat. My knee didn't half moan at some point - I thought it might collapse on me. So stopped. Walked. Lots of stretches. Some foam rolling. Fine now. But alarming at the time.
3K in total and my blessed HRM wouldn't even give me its normal "Running Index" calculation because I hadn't done enough running. Never mind.
So slowly and gently is the motto here for a while. Alarming that a 500m slow jog now feels like a stretch; I might go back to C25K W1 just for some structure. As long as I'm careful. That has to be better than aimless walking/joggetting.
So I'm not out of the woods yet. But I'm feeling better about it and that's a bonus.
Let's see what the accumulated wisdom of PhysioWorld has to say for the remainder of the week.
Onwards and sideways!!