Today, I went to my Dr to treat my case of Runner’s knee. I decided that I was tired of running and feeling like my knee was going to crack open. I rested for a week after my first injury but it keeps coming back. I wanted to get my pain level down to a normal level. I’m afraid that I will have to have an operation on my knee and then my running days will end.
Warning: If any doctor tells me that I need an operation and that I cannot run ever again, the whole eastern seaboard would hear me scream. “@#$%!” Just sayin!
But I was lucky today (and so was the eastern seaboard).
As my Doctor looked at my knee and pressed into it. the pain was evident. I told him about how the pain started. It started when I was walking upstairs and I pushed off with my left foot. It got progressively worse as I trained to where I am now.
The knee only hurts when, I am not moving briskly. Walking slowly or taking the stairs hurt slightly. Pressing on it hurts only at the bottom of the knee.
He looked and said, yes you have Patellofemoral pain syndrome I asked,” did I tear something? Do I need an operation?” He said,”You may have torn a few tendons microscopically, but that happens with this injury. You can do either physical therapy or this machine EPAT. EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. After reading the brochure, I thought about it for a few seconds and said,”let’s do it! I hate physical therapy!” It is used for muscle and tendon pain instead of doing physical therapy. The procedure is moderately priced comparatively, but not covered by most insurance companies. I’m not sure why. It should be, because a doctor is administering the treatment.
Here is how the treatment went. I sat on a cushy examination chair with a towel under my knee. The doctor added gel to my knee, then took the wand and pointed it at my lower part of my knee, where the pain was and pressed into it. The wand vibrated very fast and pulsed and gradually got very warm.
After the treatment was over, he said,”no ice or anti-inflammatory medication until the treatment is over.” I will be getting 5 treatments from this machine. It was not very painful, but it did sting a couple of times and the wand got very warm. So far, this seems like a good alternative. I have hope for my recovery. To be continued.
- Do You Have “Runner’s Knee” ? (berkelmd.com)
- Gait problems may cause knee pain (bullrunfootclinicblog.wordpress.com)
- Runners Knee and Simonside Hills Run (anoutdoorlifestyleblog.com)
- The runner’s knee (trail2trail.wordpress.com)
- Can A Walker Get Runner’s Knee? (dottotrot.com)
- Love your knees!! (yogamaste.wordpress.com)