This knee…is a serious pain in my…knee. My first physical therapy appointment was yesterday afternoon. I honestly expected to get a “that’s not that bad” or a “that’ll be easily fixed.” Let me tell you, that is *not* what was said – ever.
It turns out that my knee is worse than I imagined. When she marked the edge of my knee cap and then asked me to flex my quad (still lying flat and not bending my leg at all) the shock on her face said it all. She then marked the edge of knee cap with my quad flexed. The result? My knee cap deviates to the left *more* than half an inch when I flex my quad. I do not even have to bend the stupid leg to dislocate the knee cap – just flex. My outer quad is *that* much strong than my inner quad. Go figure.
The other bit of bad news is that my right knee does the same thing…I’m just not symptomatic on that side – yet. So, all the exercises/stretches I will be doing for my left knee, I will be repeating for my right knee. Hopefully this will prevent me from doing as much damage to my right knee as I have my left (and, of course, hopefully that prevents the right knee from ever hurting this way).
When the physical therapist checked the strength on all four sections of my quad, it was surprising. My leg is very strong in three directions, and weak like a child in one (which, of course, is the inner quad). This imbalance is what is causing my malfunction. Additionally, my quad muscles and hip flexors are extremely tight, which compounds the problem. I stretch every day (usually multiple times even), but evidently I am not stretching efficiently enough to properly lengthen/loosen my muscles. So, they showed me ways to properly stretch…and, who knew a stretch could hurt so bad?! When she started to stretch the front of my thigh, I almost shot off the table and said an abundance of sailor words! Sheesh.
In light of this information, I am seriously debating whether continuing with Zumba is a good idea. I love it, and I seriously want to go back. However, all that bouncing around and squatting/lunging is strictly forbidden for the sake of not grinding any more of my joint away. Decisions, decisions.
Looks like this will be a challenging road to travel…and this certainly means more alterations to my workout routines. I *must* be very aware of how I move my legs and when I flex my quad. Should be interesting. Thank goodness I have Denise – she always knows what to do! 🙂