So, at this point I have been in physical therapy for five weeks. The first three weeks I was not allowed to jump, run, lunge, squat…pretty much any really good leg move. I was miserable, but my knee was feeling *much* better.
The fourth week I was cleared to start lunging and squatting again. That went just fine – still no pain in the knee. Last Friday they added jumping into my routine. That, unfortunately, is where things went wrong.
Friday was alright (I did two or three jumping exercises), but Monday they added even more jumping maneuvers. Uck. My knee hurt *so* bad Monday evening I could not even workout. I could not walk up my stairs leading with my left leg either. So, I looked like a toddler taking one step at a time always leading with my right leg. Awful.
I just left my doctor’s office and the news did not get any better. Since my knee cap is still not tracking correctly, and I still have pain with use of the knee, he is referring me to sports medicine docs. That, in itself, is fine. The problem is he decided to restrict me…again. No running or jogging, and absolutely no jumping! He really is not on board with me continuing with lunging and squatting, but I told him (which is completely true) that those moves do not irritate my knee. So, extremely hesitantly he told me that “some light lunging and squatting could be okay” but that I should watch it and definitely not add weight to it.
Does this knee really not understand that I have goals to accomplish?! I do not have time for this…seriously. I hate being limited, and I hate feeling held back. That, unfortunately, is something I have to deal with because the alternative is me damaging my knee so bad that I will require surgery. Of course, I do not want that.
So, for now I am to avoid running, jogging, and jumping like the plague. My doc even said it could take *months* for this to heal. *MONTHS* – like I have that kind of time. He added (with a lighthearted smile and chuckle) that he wants me to make it to my goal, but with the ability to walk when I get there. 🙂