My opinion of orthopaedics (never very high – see my previous post!) has reached an all-time low… but backtracking slightly… I seem to be aquiring injuries faster than John can teach me exercises, so have backed off doing most of them until the pain subsides 🙁
I trashed my knee again, twisting it badly running across a field, and John demonstrated very clearly that my suspicions were correct… cartilage again… and explained that it’s impossible to know how badly without either ‘wait and see’ or a scan. OK, time to do very careful squats to get that synaptic fluid pumping… and wait and see…
… but being unsteady on your feet around a boat is a recipe for disasters of one kind or another, and I just fell off mine, ending up hanging off the side by one arm, feet in the water. (Probably should have just dropped – would have gotten a lot wetter and smellier, but wouldn’t have torn my shoulder!) Anyway… off to A&E the next day, since it denied me much sleep and wouldn’t move much at all by morning.
Aha! Maybe a chance to get scan on the NHS? I had twisted my knee again falling, so I glossed over the ‘repeat’ and let the doc have a look at that too. Despite giving a text-book description of a cartilage injury, he told me it was muscle/tendon and should heal up OK if I rest it. Oh, and the clicking is my kneecap. Oh, and if it still hurts in a week or two, go see my GP (400 miles away).
BU****IT! (Not bluetit, smellier) … Usually if I twist my knee in the night it gives me a warning twinge but, after reluctantly taken painkillers overnight for the shoulder, I slept awkwardly, the knee clicked out, and all day I was practically screaming with pain if I tried to put any weight on it at all. Early evening, “click!” and suddenly it’s OK again and I’m walking almost normally. Two days later I’m dancing. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve NEVER had muscle/tendon damage that did anything quite like that.
However… I am dancing, if very carefully, with a bit of a limp, and with one hand in my pocket cuz of the shoulder… the funny bit was watching a couple of dancing partners unconsciously copying the dance of the one-armed bandit! ‘Dancing more freely’ would be a bit of a stretch though. All this has at least put the original presenting issues in perspective tho, and provoked a sense of gratitude for being vertical, and achievement every time I make it up a flight of stairs without a yelp! 🙂
And for now, with the shoulder slowly improving (I can change a light bulb again, but getting out of a t-shirt is tricker!), my main practice is simple awareness – moving with CARE… and, er, how to confess to John about the shoulder!? … and does anybody wanna buy a narrowboat?! 😉
P.S. The orthopaedic consultant I ranted about in my previous post told me to get a steroid jab for my tennis elbow. Sceptical. Those were already regarded with suspicion in my bodybuilding days, many years ago. Didn’t take me long online to find two recent articles (BMJ and Lancet, one a trial, one a review of pre-existing trial data) indicating that this probably does more harm than good. What are these people ON?!