Part one of a series documenting my knee injury, surgery and recovery-
Knee pain how many of us have had it? I for one have been extremely lucky that for most of my 55 years I had not, shoulder issues, that is another whole set of stories. Knee pain, really not so much, that is until about two years ago.
Then the luck of the draw ran out.
This will blog will actually be a run of two or three blogs to keep the story short enough to gobble up quickly. So as this is number one, let’s begin.
If you are like I and have never experienced any knee pain, any whatsoever, are an active adult or perhaps are a really motivated hard core gym rat, then count your blessings, because I was as well.
Now let me be very clear from the start, the BOSU is a GREAT piece of exercise equipment, and when I was doing one on one in home personal training my goal was to encourage clients to buy one. The strategy was to encourage a client to buy a BOSU, a Swiss ball, a couple of elastic bands and some light dumbbells. That is it, home gym for less than $200.00. (For descriptions of those four items just Google them or send me a note.)
The injury occurred due to my own over aggressive training on a BOSU, and was my fault entirely.
Accountability with our own exercise routines is a key to avoiding injury, safety is always rule number one, with form being rule number two.
I broke both of my own two rules! Being dumb is no excuse for anything, overuse injuries really do suck!
The weirdest thing is I did not really realize I was injured, so I thought I can just train through the pain.
Another really bad idea, being dumb again, yep, that was me.
As I tried to run on a treadmill I quickly realized this was a big mistake. Now the torn meniscus is really talking to me. Jumping rope was a struggle, box jumps out of the question, balance exercises, split jumps, all out. So as I dialed back the training regimen the pain dissipated, but never disappeared. After a year of dealing with this nagging issue I sought the advice of friend and noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Shingles of the Michigan State University health team.
Dr. Shingles is one of the surgeons for the Spartan athletic program, and he was kind enough to give it to me straight and get me in for the X-rays and MRI needed to diagnose the problem. He knew all along what it was and the proof was in the proverbial scans, torn meniscus.
Dr Shingles advised me that this injury would not heal itself, ever, and that I could live with it like it was for as long as I wanted. It was not going to get any better, and might get worse and to top it off he reminded me that I was not getting any younger.
Ugh, the age thing and healing, never a good thing.
I waited another year, got another opinion, the knee got a little bit better, but never fully recovered. Finally I had to quit being a pansy and make a decision, time to get this thing fixed.
Next time- What is a Meniscus, Surgery and getting knocked to the couch!