If you are a loyal reader you know that I have had some problems with my left groin since June. I saw a PT in Quebec and was diagnosed with adductor tendinopathy.
It is not better and I decided to go see a PT here to see if I could get help. I don't want to stop running because well...in 3 weeks I got the most important event of "my running life" to attend. 3 weeks until Hood to Coast people!! I cannot wait.....OK back to the PT.
How did it go?
I am VERY impressed and so happy I went. It was worth waiting 1 hour and 20 min at the Dr office to get the referral for PT treatment.
My insurance covers 100% I only have to pay my usual copay for a specialist. I can go 60 times in one year. That was great news because if I had to pay I think I would have gone less than what I need.
My appointment was at 11 am and I left the clinic at 2:20 pm!
First I met the PT, Jonathan, he is super nice, I had a good feeling about him right away.
He asked a bunch of questions. I told him I do not want to stop running and I explained that I have the relay in 3 weeks. He had the perfect reaction. He did an exam to evaluate the situation and he said I am a classic case of adductor tendonitis. I prefer being a classic case than a unique one that's for sure!
He explained what we would do during this session and we got started.
First I sat on a table legs straight and they put a large heated pad on my groin for about 20 min. That thing was hooooot.
After that I went on the treadmill to run one mile for warm up.
Then I started the exercises and stretch he prescribed. His assistant came to show me what to do, the reps and she also took pictures of me doing all 14 of them. That took a while. Several reps on each side. Those are the exercises to do at home. Some were a bit painful and it was confirmed once again that I hate to do planks...I really really hate them...but I will do them.
I did another set of exercises: balance, squats and strenght for ankles and calves also.
Once I got done with all that workout I got a 15 min massage for the lower back. That was nice. The PT came to stretch my legs and he used the stick to roll my groin.....AOUCHY...that hurts but it works better than rolling that area with the foam roller.
We had a little chat and he gave me my daily homework in a binder with all the pictures of me doing the exercises I need to do at home. Looks like that:
I bought the stretch strap and the yellow band
Now notice what he wrote at the bottom of the last page....
I don't like THAT part.
1 to 3 miles!
I gave him that look
So of course it will be min 3.
Saturday I have a 5k race. I will be good and not go crazy even if this course is 100% flat perfect to go for a PR..... I got my eye on the important stuff....HTC and Long Beach.
I cannot promise that Sunday it won't be 6 or 7 miles.
We will see.
Next appointment is next Tuesday.
I am happy with this visit and I think this will help me a lot.