Physical Therapy for My Knee

I went to a chiropractor who told me that I will need to get physical therapy for my knee.  The good news is that she thinks the problem is fixable; the bad news is that I did not hear what the specific problem is.  Time to look into it.

 

More Yoga, More Walking

I’ve attended a few more Anusara yoga classes and continued walking around the park.  My knees are better but I’m still having issues with my knees.  A long time ago, I was told that I had IT band issues but the pain in my knees disappeared and I haven’t thought about it in a long time.  Because I’m still really having issues going up and down stairs, I am revisiting the IT Band as a possible culprit.

  • Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS or ITBFS, for iliotibial band friction syndrome) is one of the leading causes of lateral knee pain in runners according to Wikipedia. The iliotibial band is a superficial thickening of tissue on the outside of the knee, extending from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee, and inserting just below the knee. The band is crucial to stabilizing the knee during running, moving from behind the femur to the front while walking.
  • ITBS symptoms range from a stinging sensation just above the knee joint (on the outside of the knee or along the entire length of the iliotibial band) to swelling or thickening of the tissue at the point where the band moves over the femur. The pain may not occur immediately during activity, but may intensify over time, especially as the foot strikes the ground. Pain might persist after activity. Pain may also be present above and below the knee, where the ITB actually attaches to the tibia.

There is a YouTube video that gives an easy exercise that supposed to relieve chronic knee pain caused by the IT Band.  He claims that it works faster and less painfully than rolling with a foam roller.

The (Knee Pain) Guru on ‘How To Treatment For IT Band Knee Pain’

I figure that it is worth a shot to try.

 

Starting The Day With Yoga

75 minutes of Anusara yoga this morning with Ursula before running all my errands!  The Crunch gym description says:

Based on the teachings of John Friend. This class balances an opening to grace and the higher self with strong attention to alignment. The result is a strong synthesis between mind body and spirit. Taught in the Vinyasa style, Anusara Yoga is open to all levels. 

The class went really well so I expect to continue with the yoga classes at least twice a week.  With two to three kickboxing classes a week and walks/runs in the park, I will have a full weekly workout schedule.

After dinner with two old friends, I now possess the name and address of an acupuncturist and a chiropractor.  On my list of to-dos is to make an appointment to see them.

Happy Chinese New Year

Yes, I’m a bit behind in terms of the Chinese holidays and I’m way behind in terms of this blog.  I’ve done a bit of traveling but trouble with my knees continue to plague me. Happily, I am getting back to the gym.  While I haven’t worked my way back to actual kickboxing, I’m getting some weight work and conditioning done.

I’m also being optimistic and have restarted the Couch to 5K in 8 week podcast program.  Today I did my third run, or Day 1 of Week 2 of the program.  I downloaded the iPod app that allows me to listen to my own music while still getting the benefit of the podcast coaching.  Best of all, the app is free on iTunes.

Because my knees are so stiff [I’m having problems just sitting down and getting up without help], I’ve started yoga classes at my local Crunch gym.   I attended  my first class on Saturday morning…90 minutes!  It went well and I think I should definitely focus on flexibility for a while.

Tomorrow I have an early morning yoga class to start the day right.  wish me luck.

Hope springs eternal!