Saturday, my knee started to give me some trouble when I was playing with the girls. Every time I put weight on my right leg when kneeling down I felt a stabbing pain.
Panicking only slightly, I binged on reading the myriad of ways runners/swimmers can trash their knees. The result of a diving into the medically “conclusive” world of google? Just that much more confusion. Google is a great resource, but I’m not sure it’s the best diagnostic aide.
I came up with a theory: the knee just needed to be loosened up. Every one get’s stiffness in their joints, surely that’s what this was!
Early Sunday morning, I got dressed in my warmest running out fit and took a nice easy paced two mile run. Just to make sure I loosened up, I did some grape vines and some backward running and even skipping!
It didn’t work.
One trip to the doctor and a couple x-rays later, we suspect tendonitis. Thankfully, there’s no problems with my knee joint or knee cap. The problem’s a little to far down and is centered more in the tendons connecting my tibia. There inflamed tendon tissue is causing pain, and hopefully a couple of weeks of ice and ibuprofen (an anti-inflammatory) will put it right.
Tendonitis gets swimmer all the time, multiple friends have ended up with serious problems that ended up in surgery on their shoulders. Only a few I know have had surgery on their knees, but I imagine it’s pretty common in runners. I hope the doctor is right about the two weeks time frame.
This weekend happens to be the first spot of good weather we’ve had in a while, and I’m hoping I can put some miles on my running sandals. If I can be gentle and scale back and have a nice and easy run, maybe I’ll even get away with it.
After all the doctor just said to take it easy.
I may have to walk back to the car…