My decrease leg is recovering a lot quicker than anticipated since my harm the opposite day. I bought the x-ray outcomes again they usually had been destructive. This doesn’t show I don’t have a stress fracture as a result of they don’t at all times present up on x-rays. However my restoration has been very quick to date which makes me suspect it isn’t a stress fracture. My GP agrees however is referring me to a specialist for a follow-up subsequent Thursday.
It helps that I used to be curious the day of the harm about how impaired the weight-bearing was within the leg. Usually in case you’re standing on one leg you’re taking 100% of your physique weight on that leg, and this naturally happens throughout a standard strolling gait. I knew it harm to stroll and not using a walker or cane for assist and was curious how a lot weight the leg might take, pain-free. Time for a classy science experiment. I bought out my rest room scale and stood on it with the injured leg, whereas supporting myself with arms pushing down on the counter. I relaxed the assist so extra weight went on the leg, regarded on the scale, and famous when it began to harm. On the primary day, this was 110 kilos, which is 61% of my present physique weight of 180. I’m glad I assumed to try this as a result of I’ve repeated the take a look at on subsequent days, and it has quickly gone up. By at the moment I can assist greater than my physique weight on the leg pain-free. I pulled up on the counter to extend the load, and it was not painful till 235 kilos, which is about 133% of my physique weight.
This implies in concept I might begin strolling usually, however I’m unsure I ought to do this whereas nonetheless therapeutic, so I’m nonetheless utilizing a cane. The problem is confused by the truth that this is identical leg I injured on the hip a few years in the past, aggravating the piriformis muscle. This harm by no means went 100% away, however I management it with some PT workouts and by spinning on my indoor recumbent to loosen it up. When it flares up, the “piriformis syndrome” causes sciatic ache to radiate down the leg, which is tough to differentiate from the ache of the harm. I seen I used to be in fairly a little bit of ache on Thursday within the decrease leg however not on the spot it harm the place I injured it. I suspected that was coming from the piriformis, so I did some very easy spinning on the recumbent and it felt a lot better. I’ve saved that up and in addition restarted my piriformis PT workouts. I believe the spinning, which is simply frivolously loading the decrease leg however will increase blood circulation, additionally helps with therapeutic. I even went for a 30-minute trip on my recumbent pain-free this morning (it helps that I’ve electrical help, I can simply use as a lot help as wanted to maintain the pedal stress low sufficient).
I’m inquisitive about what the harm is that if not a stress fracture, I assume some form of comfortable tissue like a ligament pressure (the ache is within the anterior shin splint space). I’ll know extra on Thursday once I see the specialist, but it surely seems I could also be taking a look at a a lot shorter rehab than I initially thought. That’s nice for my way of thinking. With the ability to do a minimum of half-hour of simple biking or strolling a day could be very stress-free for me. I’m already there on the recumbent, and I hope to get again there shortly for strolling and standing as much as pedal.
I’ve seen that earlier than with setbacks like these. Once I’m 100% wholesome, I at all times are inclined to push tougher or longer as a result of it’s enjoyable for me (and I believe my “inside athlete” nonetheless thinks it’s a young person). However once I’m rehabbing from harm or surgical procedure, I lengthy for the day once I can simply get again to good simple stress-free exercises. There’s a lesson there someplace.