Back to Square One – The Knee

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Yesterday I finally met with the Dr. to discuss the results of my MRI on my hip and my knee.    I had built up this hope that we were going to create an action plan to put me on the road to recovery and back to my running times of just a year ago.  The appointment did not go as planned, and I left feeling less than optimistic.  There are definitely issues going on with both the knee and the hip.  With my hip, I have some loose bone fragments, a torn labrum and an impingement on the neck of my femur.  On my knee, I have some meniscus damage and signs of bone stress indicating…ugh…arthritis.  So what to do?  I told the doc that the hip is occasionally tight but it is the knee that is causing the most pain.  He told me that if I wasn’t in a lot of pain with the hip then we should hold off on doing anything there.  So we focused on the knee.  He pointed out that there is very little meniscus left on the inside of my knee (bone on bone) and was not too optimistic about a repair.  To him, the MRI just showed signs of arthritis.  I didn’t even ask THE QUESTION (we hip runners all know what that question is) because I knew what his answer was going to be.   I did not feel any positive energy in that space.  Luckily, I am an optimist.  I always go back to when this knee got hurt……Hoopfest.   My knee started hurting after I was involved in a hard foul (not my fault).    Arthritis did not instantly flair up in that moment.  I know there is damage there.  The MRI shows it.  So even though the bones are showing signs of stress, I can’t help but think that the stress is partially tied to that collision at Hoopfest.  With that in mind, I am heading back to my superstar knee doctor.  He’s an optimist.  He’s already seen the MRI and agreed to scope it and clean it out.   I will be required to rest the knee for a month or two.  Hopefully this should alleviate the stress that was seen on the bones in the MRI.   I am thinking about scheduling the scope in early July……right AFTER Hoopfest (I have never missed it).   I gotta be me……

Next weekend is Bloomsday.  I ran the 12k last year in just over 46 minutes.  This year I have reset my goal to beat my age.  So If I can run just under 49 minutes….I will be happy.  We will see.

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      Hip Brother Tom
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      Yesterday I finally met with the Dr. to discuss the results of my MRI on my hip and my knee.    I had built up this hope that we were going to create
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