Yesterday I went to a different physical therapy clinic that was highly recommended, but not covered under my insurance. My dance teacher assured me that it would be worth the investment. A few weeks ago I did something in my dance workshop at the end of the quarter and end of the class that made my leg go “Crack!” It was so loud and scary and I was worried that I would have trouble walking the next day. It was challenging to pinpoint exactly where it was, but I had to move very slowly and have been in a lot of pain. My doctor said that she thought I popped a ligament and definitely strained my hamstring. I went to a PT who was covered by my insurance and she honestly hasn’t done $hit.
I am really upset because she didn’t do any real assessment and didn’t want me to move. She spent the entire time talking and telling me that I might never regain my full mobility and I should never push myself to that point again even if I do recover. At the end she encouraged me to walk with a cane and proceed as if I didn’t have legs. I was so discouraged. The next week I was planning on cancelling my PT appt, but I thought I would give her another chance because hopefully doing something would be better than nothing. The second time was even worst. She talked the entire time then measured my leg and said that one of them must be atrophying because it was smaller. Then she encouraged me to do nothing.
My PT yesterday was way better. She did a proper assessment and discovered that my knees seem to be okay (thankfully), but she also said that it seems like I have some inflammation in my hips. I also liked that she told me that I should make it a point to strengthen my quad muscles and stretch my hamstrings and that would help me prevent knee problems.
Then she said that I seem pretty active and as long as I don’t sit around watching Netflix and eating cheetos then I should be okay. Sadly I have done that for the past year in my downtime… oops 🙂
She worked on my hips and legs and then showed me some gentle stretches and exercises to practice. I can tell that I am pretty weak right now which is hard to handle because my legs have always felt stronger than other parts of my body. This is motivation for me to focus on healing and do my pt stretches and exercises consistently.
I cannot run, jump, bounce, or do any twisting motions. I discovered today that this was challenging when I looked for a low impact workout on youtube. Even the really low impact workouts have a lot of twisting, reaching, and leg lift movements that I cannot yet do. Even most of the yoga routines are not do-able for me at this point. I am definitely in a humble state and need to be gentle.
Today’s Workout: Walk w/ Ruby (30 min); Sexy Arms and Shoulders; Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Relief
This workout seemed simple, but I could feel the burn in my arms especially by the end!
This yoga routine was very gentle, but even then it was painful for me to sit with my legs crossed so I sat in an isosceles triangle.
I have to be so careful and move so slow, but it’s okay. I am on the road to recovery.
Word of the Day:
- pertaining or appropriate to summer.
It is crazy how much my movement is restricted, but I will do what I can. I almost feel like I should take up tai chi or something extra slow and gentle. Usually I would think that yoga would be okay, but I think that would be too much stretching at this point.
What do you do when you are injured? Do you have any tips or tricks to help with recovery? Please comment below!
Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,
❤ Alana xoxoxo