Warning! I’m not a doctor so please don’t read too much into this post. If you are having knee problems go to the doctor! Don’t follow my lead.
A week and a half ago I began to have knee problems. The pain came about all of a sudden when I was at work. I simply turned in my chair and felt a sharp pain in my knee. At first I thought I pinched a nerve and it would be fine after a few minutes. Later that day while walking to the train I was in excruciating pain. I racked my brain trying to figure out what happened, this just didn’t make sense.
I finally came to grips this was an injury I had to deal with and take it seriously. If I shrugged it off and tried to continue my running schedule I could jeopardize the entire running season.
So what’s going on? I felt the pain when moving the knee laterally. Also, the muscle above the knee was a bit weak. What do I do about it? Do I take the time to go to the doctor? My “man” gene took over and I decided to rehab myself. If the pain didn’t subside in one week I’d make a doctor’s appointment.
The problem couldn’t be MCL or ACL related because the pain would be much different. I did a bit of research to validate my assumption. I found a good knee self-diagnosis guide on the internet (everything you read on the internet is true 🙂 ).
I recalled a runner’s camp I attended a few years ago. The objective of the camp was to build strength and prevent injuries runner’s typically experience. Fortunately I still had the list of knee strengthening exercises. I iced my knee each night and did a knee strengthening routine each morning.
My knee began to feel better after a couple of days of treatment but I kept up the routine. After a week’s time I went out for a 3.5 mile run and felt fine afterwards. The key was how I’d feel the day after. Fortunately the next day I didn’t feel any pain whatsoever.
Hopefully I’m past this knee pain episode, only time will tell. I’ll keep you updated.