Snap, Crackle, Pop

i gave in and went to the chiropractor! yes, me! i have never been a huge believer in chiropractics. not sure why, other than i can’t stand the thought of someone else popping my neck, back, or whatever. keith, on the other hand, has gone to one off and on for years…and has been trying to get me to go to one forever.

i finally decided that when you’re in bad enough pain, you will try anything! so, most of you know, i have been having some hip pain that i really just thought was soreness. i’ve been working my hips pretty hard ever since i went to physical therapy last fall for my knees. turns out, the majority of knee problems are a direct result of an issue in the hip. anyway, i woke up last friday and my left hip was sore to the touch- not just one spot but an area of about 8 inches diameter. i thought it was strange- couldn’t remember bumping into anything and it just felt like a really bad bruise but didn’t think much of it. saturday morning was the long run and my very first step i felt a fairly bad pain but really thought i could run through it. after a few steps it really seemed to subside and felt more like it has for months. that is, until about mile 3. i got the most intense, searing hot pain in my hip than i ever could of imagined. i spent the next 2 miles trying to run but i couldn’t make it more than 2 or 3 steps.

well, anyway, i certainly couldn’t live like that so the first thing i thought to do was call my acupuncturist. it was a saturday and i knew i wouldn’t even be able to call my doctor until monday and i at least needed to know i was seeing someone asap. went to my acupuncturist on monday- in her opinion- severe bursitis and possible torn ligament. we’ll see about that!

ok, on to the chiro- since i have been having neck pain for about 5 months and also started to have some weird sciatic pinching on monday, i decided to take the plunge. keith went with me on tuesday and, let me just tell you, it was so strange! however, i was also very impressed. Dr. brad did a very thorough postural analysis and lots of strength tests. so, aside from having bursitis and tendonitis, my glutes aren’t firing which has caused my TFL to over-work and now i’m completely out of whack. what?! my butt doesn’t work?!?! well, we can’t even start on that whole issue until we can reduce this inflammation and pain. i’m on day 6 of NO EXERCISE and i’m going crazy but i’m willing to do whatever it takes to heal.

bad news- i have to ice my hip at least 5 times a day while on vacation along with doing weird stretches and ingesting enough advil to make anyone ill. good news- he thinks i’ll be good to go for the race!!!

back to the actual experience….so odd! doesn’t hurt and i have actually felt some relief in my neck. ok, i’ll say it. yes, keith, you were right- i should have gone last fall. as far as the hip goes, no relief yet but dr. brad says i’m responding well to treatment. i’ve gone every day this week and each time i’m really more impressed with his knowledge and skill. he specializes in sports rehab and injury prevention so i think it’s a pretty good fit.

i hate to say it, but their must actually be some benefit to all the weird popping they love to hear!

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