Knee Injury…. Well Maybe Not


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…


About Sean Smith

Husband, Father, Pastor, Swimmer, Writer, Reader, and attempted Adventurer!
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2 Responses to Knee Injury…. Well Maybe Not

  1. My son has a knee injury that we have been working on fixing since August (his second dislocation). We have learned in PT the best fix for knee injuries is ice, rest, anti-inflammatories, and when you can do movement comfortably, work on strengthening the hip and butt muscles. They are the foundation of knee health. 🙂

  2. Sean Smith says:

    Thank you! I hope his recovery and mine are pretty quick and we can get back to doing what we love!

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