OUCH! HIP PAIN
Week two of not being able to run and after a pain-filled weekend trying to juggle a two year old who refuses to walk down the stairs, I hastily book a second appointment with John at his AAA-Physio Clinic in Bristol BS8. As I hobble (very much a left leg limp) the short distance from my office to Moti, I am aware that every step is pinching my left hip and is a struggle.
And so the debrief, I have managed to spin and row in the week since I first saw John, but the pain I’m experiencing hasn’t eased at all. In fact, if anything it’s much worse. Carrying said two-year-old halfway across the Downs to the circus certainly didn’t help.
I’ve been to the doctors (usual anti-inflammatory prescription and inconclusive x-ray) to no avail and am told it could be six weeks before I can run again…
After a brief look at the extension on my left hip (or lack of it) John sets to work on my back. I’m shocked at how painful my lower back is. Ten years post-surgery, I am somewhat used to niggling there but as John works his way around my lower spine, I feel sharp shooting pains that actually make me scream. And so, the initial diagnosis is reiterated. In my inability to stabilise my core, I’m causing myself all kinds of problems in my neck, arms and, most painfully, my hip.
BACK TO RUNNING
I think it’s going to be a slow road back to stability and running, but leaving the clinic, into the driving Bristol rain, I’m already feeling a bit stronger and if I really put my mind to it, can see how strong core (deep breath in relax into the stomach) does help ease the pain. Another challenge…and one I’m determined to win.
These drills from The Running School (R) , have great potential for improving the trunk and lower limb strength and stability in a range of age groups.
I can see this style of exercise being particulary effective and engaging for teenagers. JS Physio MSc
Bristol Physio John Stephenson has been providing movement retraining courses for Health Professionals & Physiotherapists since 1999. He also works on a 1:1 basis with private clients wishing to improve their low back stability and running efficiency. Or for a more gentle introduction, ask about the Walk:BacK & Row:BacK programmes!
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Hello, I’m Kate and I’m trying to get back into running after a break of nearly two years. I run because it keeps me sane and clears my head. I won’t win any medals for speed but I’m pretty determined when it comes to putting in the distance. I’ve done a couple of half marathons in the past but I stopped running when pregnant and throughout the newborn phase.
I signed up for this year’s Bristol Half Marathon but I only got half way through the training plan when I started getting pain in my left knee. I’ve learned the hard way not to run on an injury, (a month on crutches with a stress fracture last time) so I signed up for John’s free running “Open Clinic” at Moti. It turned out that 15 minutes was enough time to not only see that there was a problem with my knee, but that it wasn’t the knee itself that was the cause. – Reassuringly, John told me he could get me running again and in time for the half marathon too, so I booked in for an initial consultation. ( The Tariff Card said for £50 I would get: A Comprehensive Assessment, Diagnosis, Initial Treatment, Exercises and a “Plan to Get Better”…)
First AAA-Physio Session
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a physio session. The initial consultation involved some tests and pulling and pushing to see what I could and couldn’t do. Turns out that there’s quite a lot I can’t do, like the very basics… After a few twisty bits of manipulation that got me moving more freely, John showed me how I was exacerbating things by the way that I sit (or rather slouch) at my desk. He taught me about dynamic sitting – a wide breath, drop the ribcage and lift up from the label on my shorts – and recommended a pilates book that I’ve now ordered.
I’m still waiting for the book to arrive but am typing this sitting upright (no slouching!) at my desk.
The swelling in my knee has subsided and…
I’m looking forward to getting back into training but I want to learn how to actually run properly, before I launch myself back into it.
(Well, we have an App’ for that! – JS Ed. – Lovin’ the story so far!)