Friday, March 16, 2012

Yoga injury?

As an athlete with a restricting injury, it can be torture to have to sit out of your beloved activites.  I take both into account and try not to complain too much about my knee situation.  I thought yoga helped my running.  I didn't know yoga could take me out of my running.
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About a month ago, my daughter and I were practicing headstands in my bedroom.  My legs went into the air and continued over my head.  Both feet hit the ground behind my head rather hard (in a wheel-like pose), but first, my knees bashed into the wall.  It would have been a cool movement if that's what I was intending, but I wasn't and I'm not that advanced.  The Carbon Monoxide detector on the same wall sounded as my knees hit with great force.  "Ahhhhhh!!!  I cradled my knees and simultaneously laughed with my daughter.  I was relieved I didn't hurt my neck.  I was down playing the ache from my knees in that moment.  She asked if I meant to do that and I let out another "owwww" before responding, "Ummm...no."

I rested my knees for a few days before returning to running and I eased back into running by starting with 20min and working back up to 1:20.  I returned to workouts with lunges and squats.  I returned to yoga- easing into a 30min session two mornings in a row.  I was feeling strong again and then I fell apart on a run 3 weeks post-injury and called the orthopedist.  The xray showed my knee cap shifted.  The doctor diagnosed me with something much more permanent than the PT thinks it is, so I'll go with the PT and call it Patella Tendinitis.  I'm resting.  I'm rehabbing.  I'm icing.  I'm not exercising.  I'm barely getting around.  Therefore, I have traded in my bags of Speckled M&Ms for bags of fruits and veggies.
It's tough.  The M&Ms are limited edition; March-April.  I hope this injury is limited edition, as well.  Don't bang your knees into walls.  Remember R.I.C.E:  Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

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