Today is the day I go to the orthopedic doctor! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this appointment, because I want to check with him and make sure it is okay for me to be running. You see, I played volleyball for four years in high school and the combination of that plus a predisposition to bad knees (my dad just had a knee replacement….ouch!) has me concerned that running may not be the best thing for me.
Let me take you back ten years. Okay, wow, I was 19. During this time I was a freshman at the University of Georgia and my knees ached all the time! It was an almost tearful event to walk up a flight of stairs :(. I went to the doctor who told me:
- My hamstrings are naturally too short for my legs.
- I have patellar tendonitis in both knees.
- I vaguely remember him saying something about my plica.
- He recommended orthoscopic surgery on my right knee.
He referred me to physical therapy, which I attended for 6 months. It kinda helped, but after this time in my life I became pretty sedentary so the knee pain greatly subsided.
But now it’s back! I’ve managed to run up to 3 miles, and I’m motivated to do more than that! However, I want to make sure that I’m not destroying my knee in the process.
My appointment is at 3:30, and I’ve done a lot of research and feel I’ve found a great doctor! He’s actually a runner himself and loves watersports too. Wish me luck!