I'm going to be real with you. I'm pissed that I have to go to physical therapy. I hate it. I hate carving out an hour three days a week to go do exercises I could do at home. I hate shelling out $60 a week to do exercises I could do at home. I hate waking up, going to the gym, going to work, coming home and teaching piano lessons, and then driving to physical therapy, and then finally coming home with no time to study or relax or do anything I actually want to do. I am not enjoying my schedule right now. Not one bit.
But I'm getting head of myself...
So because of the inflammation in my knee, my doctor recommended physical therapy 3xs a week for a month to see it that could help things.
I went for the first time on Friday after work. I won't mention where I'm going because obviously I'm not going to publicly declare, "I HATE PT!" and then proceed to tell you where I'm having PT done. It's not that I don't like the place I'm going or that I don't like my therapist. I just don't like PT in general.
I'm not against figuring out the cause of my problem. I think it is SUPER important to know what is going on, and I got some answers on Friday.
1. I have major quad dominance in my left leg. My left glute has pretty much shut down and leaves everything to my quad. That's effing up my knee.
2. My hip flexors are really tight. They're 18 degrees off from where "normal" hip flexors should be. So there's another underlying problem.
All good things to know. Definitely worth the co-pay and then some.
I'm not against doing boring exercises and stretches if it will help my knee get better. I do lots of stuff I don't particularly enjoy doing for the greater good of my health. For instance, jump squats. I did 100 of them Friday morning and I guarantee you that while I was doing them, I was not smiling and thinking about how wonderful jump squats are. So I'll do the exercises, however boring they are.
What I AM against, is taking time out of my busy schedule and paying money to go do stretches and exercises somewhere else other than the comfort of my home or after a workout at the gym. And that's what I'm afraid of. I'm afraid I'm going to go back to PT and they're just going to have me do the same stuff they have me doing at home.
If that is the case, I'm not going back. I'll just keep doing what they told me to do, but I'm not going back. I'm gonna give it a week, and if it's a waste of time, I'll quit.
My first appointment wasn't bad. The therapist did a lot of tests and measurements and has most likely correctly figured out what is "wrong" with me. I was happy to have the information. Then the therapist had me warm up on the bike for 8 minutes. Eight horrible minutes of just pedaling on 1.5 resistance level. It was the worst eight minutes of my life. (Not really, but please allow me to be over dramatic, okay???) And after the warm up? I was shown how to do my 5 stretches/exercises. I didn't even go through them in their entirety. I was just shown how to do them, and I demonstrated them back to the therapist to be sure I did them correctly. What was the point of that warm up? I have no clue. So it ate up some time? I don't get it.
Oh, one more thing to complain about. How come it doesn't matter WHAT sort of health related appointment I have, I am always seen at LEAST fifteen minutes later than my scheduled appointment? I seriously rushed from work to get to PT by 4pm, then it turned out I had to wait fifteen minutes anyway. I know, sometimes doctors need extra time with a patient. I get it. But then why does it happen EVERY time I have an appointment somewhere?
Okay, I'm done bitching.
On the drive home from PT I had to blast this so I would at least be in a semi-good mood for Friday night..
Glee's 'Christmas Wrapping'
It almost cheered me up.
Have you ever gone to physical therapy?? Do you think I'm going to go back and make me do the same stuff I do at home?