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I went to the chiropractor yesterday. I have to say, I was quite impressed by this man. He is the personal trainer/chiropractor/injury fixer for the Los Angeles Arena Football team. Anyway, after sitting with me for several minutes to ask about my injuries, he had me do all sorts of movements to pinpoint exactly where I was injured.<br><br>
The good news is that the source of pain in the shoulder is muscular, so it will be easier to correct and work though. The bad news is I'll have to work on correcting my posture (my shoulders roll forward when I stand, sit, whatever) if I want to be pain and injury-free forever. I already knew this...I just got lazy.<br><br>
As for the knee, it's not JUST ITBS. I have micro-tears of the menisci. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> So rehabilitation will be slow and he recommends that I stay off running for a few weeks (at least). <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> No biking, either. He did this thing where he isolated my knee and had me flex my quads and it hurt so bad that tears came to my eyes. I guess I'm lucky that this is the first time I've ever had a knee injury. Oh, and he is an ART specialist and he had me do some exercises that felt so good, and I actually felt relieve in my shoulder momentarily.<br><br>
Anyway, just wanted to post an update. I'm following his recommendations as much as possible, which means I'm actually putting ice to use. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> I'm determined to get up and running because there are some races I want to tackle this summer. I'm committed. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Thanks for reading.
 

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I can swim!!! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Happy to read that you're in good hands. One difference I noticed b/w the various ortho's I've seen and the chiropractor is that with the chiro, he wanted to get to the root of why the injuries happened, and prevent more.
 

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I haven't met with an ortho before, but I knew enough to know that their usual remedy is surgery. I've been skeltpical of chiropractors before. Actually, the first time I suffered this shoulder injury I met with a chiro. He adjusted my kneck, did this "scope" with a paddle and some BioFreeze, and that was that.<br><br>
The chiro I met with yesterday is a sports medicine guy, as well as a chiropractor, and ART specialist, and I knew he'd take a completely different approach. I was right. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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He sounds like a great person to partner with in your healing. Now that you've identified the issues, you can get to work fixing them. That's good!
 

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I was there from 11:40 to 2:05. I've never had such a thorough evualtion from any doctor. He's also a personal trainer, and he said he would set me up with a weight training program specific to my training needs.<br><br>
GOLDMINE!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Sounds like you have a keeper there. I have mine too. As we get older (or more serious?) I think that we need a health professional whom we can trust. Glad to see that you have that and that you have some answers. Not knowing is the worst, ain't it?
 

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Sorry to hear about your problems. You're going to need a lot of patience recovering from the knee.<br><br>
Swimming is excellent though for keeping your fitness up while you work through the issues.
 

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Glad you found soemone to give you honest information and help you along the way on the path to recovery.<br><br>
I hope things go much faster than anticipated and you're out there soon!<br><br>
Well wishes, Alex
 

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Update: I ran a 5k on Saturday and everything felt great! No pain, but I took to the course very carefully and easy. I stopped a few times because my knee felt like it was not tracking perfectly, so I stretched a bit and continued on. Yesterday and today...no pain!!! It hurt like heck to squat or go into a lunge, but today there is absolutely no pain.<br><br>
I'm still doing my pt as prescribed, though. But it looks good.
 

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That sounds really good! You should be ready for a half marathon by next month. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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