On Tuesday afternoon, after scaring myself from googling "pinched nerve", I decided to call someone with experience in sports medicine and physical therapy. I didn't just want to wait around for my pinched nerve to go away, like my PCP suggested. What if I was doing something wrong to cause the nerve to be pinched? What if running was going to prevent it from going away? I wanted someone to tell me:
1. Exactly what is wrong with my leg and why it is happening.
2. How to fix it.
3. How to prevent it from happening again.
Quite a tall order, right?
My friend who is a phys ed teacher at my school recommended a PT who has a practice in Mechanicsburg. I trust my friend so I called the place up. My PCP faxed over a script and baddabing-baddaboom, I had an appointment the very next day at 9am!
I've had experience with quite a few PTs. I even wrote a post called Physical Therapy Sucks when I had an experience with a bad PT. (I still get hate comments on that post but I'm not taking it down because it's how I was feeling at the time!) My point is, I can tell when I am working with someone who is very knowledgeable and wants to help me.
I am very hopeful about the PT I am seeing in Mechanicsburg. He did an hour long assessment on me and then worked in the gym with me for 45 minutes. He did the galveston technique on me, taught me how to foam roll correctly, gave me some exercises to help mobility in my thoracic spine (I think!?), and applied KT tape.
As far as foam rolling, he has me doing my calves, hammys, ITB, quads/hips, and back. It is quite the upper body workout because I'm not supposed to put all of my weight on the foam roller. The PT exercises he showed me were for my back, but they also demonstrated to me that my left leg is just so much more weak than my right. Maybe it's from surgery? Maybe it's from my ITB? Who knows. But I have known this for awhile. I just never thought I could do anything about it.
I almost wanted to cry when he told me he wants me running strong again and wants me to be able to go back to the gym and do lunges and squats like I used to. It's been so long since I lifted lower body. It's hard to believe that I may be able to do it someday.
I have three more appointments set up, so hopefully things continue to go well. I've got the crazy KT tape on, which of course sparks lots of conversations with my students. Let's just say they all know what nerves do now!
I'm not sure I've ever been excited to go to PT, but I am excited. I hope it goes well. I'll keep you posted!
Have you ever been excited for physical therapy?