Physical Therapy

So, you know how I said I had an appointment on Tuesday morning? Well, I had the same exact appointment yesterday. And I’ll be repeating those appointment almost every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of February.

Any guesses as to what these elusive appointments are? No peeking at the post subject title that already gave it away!

Physical Therapy! Hooray!

I cannot tell you how excited I am to have begun PT. I really felt as though my doctors failed me in treating my knee. I was told simply to lose weight, stop running and ignore the clicking and crunching in my knee.

But, you know what? I really just wasn’t satisfied with that. So, I got in touch with the orthopedic surgeon I’d most recently gone to, asked for a PT prescription, and waited patiently until the PT place in which I was interested could take on new clients.

The first date available was this past Tuesday and I am on cloud nine about it. My physical therapist is awesome. She is smart and close in age to me, and she completely understands because she has knee issues, herself. Not only that, but she has actually explained to me what my problems are and why all of these injuries happened, which is something not a single doctor did for me. I find it kind of flabbergasting that none of the doctors ever bothered to watch me walk.

Anyway, the point is: I’m in love with PT.

So far, we’ve taped my knee two different ways, taped one of my feet to see if a different arch worked better for me (crazy), and honed in on the fact that my quads are super strong but my glutes are super weak – a combination which, along with my alignment, seems to be the primary reason for which my runner’s knee happened in the first place.

Oh, and I have a new frenemy (friend-enemy, for those of you not in the know) :

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The Foam Roller.

Dun dun dun….

No, but seriously, this innocent-looking piece of foam brings such a WORLD OF PAIN! I bought one yesterday, after using it each time at PT, and… honestly, I haven’t worked myself toward it yet. I will, tonight, but… eesh. That shiz hurts.

Anyway, food-wise, this means you’ll likely be seeing variations of OOIAJ every Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks.

Yesterday’s:

Into the mix went:

  • the PB in the jar (not much!)
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt (TJ’s)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 dashes cinnamon
  • 1 dash Splenda
  • pinch chia seeds
  • 1 tsp ground blueberry flaxseed
  • 1/3 banana, mashed in
  • frozen berries, mixed in

This was the first time I incorporated the fruit into the mixture. I liked it, but I think I much prefer fresh fruit on top.

So. The big question.

Do you use foam rollers? And, dear God, do you have any tips?

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  1. I’ve never used a foam roller. I know they’re supposed to be really good, but I don’t know if I can subject myself to that kind of pain πŸ™‚ I think it’s great that you took matters into your own hands and saw a PT. I’m really unhappy with my doctor for a lot of reasons, but I’m dragging my feet about finding a new one / going to a specialist. I need to just do it!

  2. Nicole

    Addicted to foam rolling… seriously spend embarrassingly long periods rolling around on them at the gym πŸ™‚ I love rolling out kinks in back SLOWLY down and back up. I have a really tense back, so rolling it out feels fantastic. Also, it is AMAZING for stretching out your IT bands, which I’m sure will be uber helpful once you continue running.

  3. I love my foam roller. I try to roll at least three times a week. The more I do it the less shitty it is.

  4. Never used a foam roller but I use foot roller balls which can hurt so good.

  5. Jen Miller

    I came across your blog post when searching physical therapy on twitter. I am glad you had a positive experience. Most PTs pride themselves in helping empower people who aren’t moving the way they would like. A big way we do that is educate you with the most current knowledge about your problem.

    What kind of advice were you looking for in regards to the foam roll?

  6. Awesome Kaitlin! Sounds like you are on the right track, so I hope everything works out. Docs can be super sucky, can’t they? I ‘ve always heard that a major problem with female athletes tearing their ACL has to do with an imbalance of strength in the quads and hamstrings, so it doesn’t surprise me that this might be related similarly. Here’s hoping to healing!

  7. Oh man. I love to hate the foam roller too. It hurts so so bad. It doesn’t feel good until 10 minutes after I use it. lol It really is a great tool. I’m just not allowed to use it when the husband watches TV since I complain the whole way though. haha Good luck!

  8. Good luck! That’s so great that you went for the physical therapy. I’ve never had to go, but I can definitely sympathize with you about doctors. I recently swore off my university health clinic after realizing I’d never had a good experience there. I’d never even heard of foam rollers before, but I hope with time the pain lessens!

  9. Wow, I’ve been totally foam roller ignorant! It sounds painfully fantastic though – is it for various body parts I’m assuming? And I’m so glad you’ve found a PT that you like and trust – it’s so hard to find a good specialist/doctor/etc, especially in places like LA where there is a sea of names to choose from. I hope your results keep coming πŸ™‚

  10. I’ve been foam rolling for years, it is definitely a hurt so good love/hate relationship. πŸ˜‰ I especiallylike to open up my shoulders by laying on my back. Won’t help your knee directly, but it feels so good. You just lay on it with your head at the top and let your arms fall out to the sides open like you’re making a snow angel.

    Also, breathe through the pain that should help too πŸ™‚

  11. Girl I feel your pain. I need to foam roll so badly but I’ve been avoiding since it hurts so bad. You’ll do great with PT!

  12. Raya

    I have a foam roller!! I have to FORCE myself to use it b/c you’re right-it HURTS!!! I do three things: I do it while I watch TV, which is a slight distraction. I constantly tell myself to BREATHE b/c I instinctively want to hold my breath due to the pain. and I continually remind myself that when I’m done is when it starts to feel good.

    And the fact that it’s the only thing that loosens my IT band so that I can run helps too. πŸ™‚

    Good luck!

  13. Haha, Andrew uses one of those things every night. I’ll ask him when he gets back later if he has any tips for you. πŸ˜›

  14. FOAM ROLLERS KILL! they do hurt really bad.. just breathe and be patient!

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  16. So I asked Andrew (who is rolling on his foam roll as I write), and he says, “It hurts less the more you do it, and the more in shape you are – if you’re out of shape it hurts like a b*itch, but it means it’s working, so just keep at it.”

    He also mentioned that it’s good for other parts of your body as well, like your gluts and sciatic and all that.

    ps I miss you Kaity Lynne! ❀

  17. Wow, you are a tuff lady! The black foam rollers are like the high school version of rollers, white is college and blue (the one I have) is for us middle school kids that can’t handle the pain.

    The biggest tip I can give is count backwards and set a number of rolls that you have to get in before you get off the roller.

  18. Ah the foam roller hurts so good πŸ˜‰ It seriously got me through my half marthon training! I dont really have tips cuz I just kinda awkwardly rolled my legs over it, haha. But rolling on my IT band did wonders for my knee pain!

  19. i have a foam roller too and hate it. but love what it does. gosh…damned thing!

  20. i’m thinking about getting a foam roller, but i just haven’t gotten around to it… inflicting pain upon myself doesn’t sound fun, but i know it’ll be useful.

  21. I’m glad you’re feeling better, K!
    Physical Therapy can really do wonders….
    Gotta love OOIAJ!
    Definitely a great way to start off the day πŸ˜‰

  22. Jen

    Yay for PT! I suffered a hamstring injury in high school and had to spend some time in PT. I had a love/hate relationship with my PT!!
    I don’t know anything about the foam roller, but good luck!

  23. I am so clueless with those rollers! best wishes with recovering.

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