I really just thought I'd have a bit of a whinge about my ankle, which has been sore for weeks now.
Turns out I have an injured tendon (can't actually remember the name of the tendon... thus proving my point that this post will not be particularly sciency), and I've been seeing a Physiotherapist for the last few weeks.
This whole physio thing has been a new experience for me, and so I thought I'd pass on some of the things I've learnt:
1) Contrary to what I thought, they are not like a doctor that you visit once and then go away and get better. It turns out you have to go back time and time again.
2) Tendons take a long time to heal, and if you don't 'be careful' during that process you'll make things worse.
3) For example, when you can feel that something isn't right in your ankle and all the way up the left side of your leg, you should go and see them straight away, not ignore it for 3 weeks while also deciding to 'step up' your workouts at the gym.... your tendon will likely get much worse if you do that...
4) The job of a physio basically seems to break down into a few different areas:
- Prod and poke (ouch!)
- Massage sore areas (and we're not talking a gentle massage here, we're talking the kind that are so painful you start crying)
- Dry needling (it's sort of like acupuncture, but the 'western, medical based' version, where they stick in the needles and then twist them and poke them around to target muscle knots and tightness...)
It looks like this:
Which makes you look like this:
- And finally, they strap sore areas and send you home with exercises to do.
- Oh, and they charge you a lot of money!!
I can't help but notice that 4 of those 5 areas involve inflicting pain (and yes, I'm counting the whole 'charge you a lot of money' thing in there). At least I'm seeing improvement, which is a relief, although it's much slower than I would like.
Hopefully I'll be all better again in just a few weeks?... *sob*