Posted in Injury, Rehabilitation

Back to the Dr. 

Sometimes time passes quickly and sometimes time passes slowly, fortunately for me, this is one of those seasons when the days are just flying past.

So here I am back at MOST.

It’s been 3 weeks since my last Dr.’s visit and I am ready for my first follow-up since getting the cortisone injection and beginning PT. In that time, my range of motion has steadily increased; but, in all honesty I don’t believe the pain hasn’t gotten any better. It still starts where my range of motion stops, now it just starts later in the range. I would expect that this is a normal part of the healing process and will soon find out.

So as I run  through all of the testing the Dr.  Is pleased that I have added 20 degrees of external rotation (30% improvement) and 10  degrees of internal rotation (50% improvement) to my range of motion.  A significant jump in just 3 weeks. On a different note, he was a bit surprised by continuing pain. He said that most people three weeks out from a  cortisone injection have decreased pain and increased stiffness.  I guess it just goes to show that I am not “most people”.

So the plan for the next month is to continue PT two times a week and home exercise every day.  I also have 5 day prescription for prednisone to help with the stiffness and pain. I have a local 5k I will be running on Saturday morning so I hope the USADA folks don’t come storming in and have me pee in a cup! I think it is too late for a TUE for the race, unless I raced bikes for Team Sky then it would be business as usual. 

But the best news is that I can begin upper body workouts again. At this point I just need to focus on lighter weights, higher reps, full range of motion and good technique.  I will be back in the gym tomorrow!

Progress may be slower than I would like,  but I continue to “Never stop moving forward”.

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