Day 6 of PT on my knee today, and I'm not noticing a great deal of change in terms of overall discomfort. I am seeing some improvements in terms of flexibility, but I'm still having intermittent pain on the outside of my right knee. It's not getting any worse, but I was hoping it would have started getting better. The pain was not particularly severe to start with, so I guess the improvements will be hard to clearly recognize, but I'm trying to remain optimistic. I'm currently doing a twice-daily therapy routine at home, consisting of a series of repeated stretches, then some foam roller abuse of my right thigh, followed by direct ice-massage on the knee. I'm being as vigilant as possible to make sure I get as much benefit as possible, and hopefully return to running as soon as possible.
I think with today's Boston Marathon I'm in a heightened awareness of running, and my inability to do so, which is proving very frustrating at the moment. In an effort to isolate the variables and figure out what is/isn't working with the therapy, I've eliminated any cross-training (bike, elliptical, etc.) and held off on starting yoga until I see my therapist again on Wednesday. Much of my daily work routine is about root-cause analysis and causation/correlation analysis, so I'm trying to apply those same principles to my attempts at healing. I'm desperately itching to get back to running, but I've come back too soon in the past, and don't want to undo any progress I've made.
Trying to send some good mojo to all the runners in Boston today. Really feel badly for those runners who got stuck in Europe and couldn't make the race. Amazing how global events become linked in such varied and interesting ways.