I mentioned a little while back that I was having some knee issues, so I thought I’d give you all an update today.
At the beginning of July my right knee started to hurt really badly and I couldn’t walk without pain. It was significantly swollen and the pain was mostly around the top and inner part of my knee. There wasn’t a specific moment when I remember getting the pain, but I did do some extra heavy squats the day before and I’m assuming I tweaked something.
I stayed off of it for a week and it improved, but then I tweaked it again in my kitchen shortly after that. I was just walking around and pivoted funny and all of a sudden it was swollen and painful again. It felt really unstable and seemed to catch or pop a bit. I went on and off like that — getting better, than something random tweaked it — for a few weeks. The pain moved a bit too, at one point getting really bad at the front of my knee, but mostly staying around the top closer to my quads. I tried to do things that are thought of as better for knees, such as the elliptical, and that made it worse! Running actually felt okay. Yoga was fine so long as I didn’t do any very deep squats.
Eventually in late July I decided to make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. I saw a PA in early August and had some x-rays done. The PA did some mobility and strength testing, walked me through my (normal) x-ray, and ultimately diagnosed me with patellar tendonitis. It was a little iffy — some of my symptoms don’t quite fit patellar tendonitis but also don’t fit any other diagnosis — but she wasn’t too worried and thought a prescription for six weeks of physical therapy was the best thing to try for now. If it doesn’t help, I can go back for an MRI.
I’ve now been to two physical therapy sessions, with my third later today, and we focus on right hip and gluteus medius strengthening. The physical therapist was a little confused about my symptoms as well, but thinks that the strengthening will help. He has me using my exercise band for side steps at home, as well as some single leg bridges, single leg squats to a chair, and lateral leg raises.
The PT and told me to avoid things that hurt, as well as anything that puts a deep bend in my knee. Spinning is fine, and actually he said running is fine so long as it doesn’t hurt, so I’ve still been running a bit with no issues. But no squats or lunges or yogi squats for sure! And no jumping or plyometric type work.
So far I think it’s gotten a little better — at least it hasn’t gotten worse again! The PT said it should take at least a few weeks before the exercises could make a differences, but I haven’t had any more incidents that cause pain again. It still feels a little funny at times, mostly when I walk up stairs ( ~2/10 scale) but I’m staying optimistic that I’m on the mend.
- Ever had any knee issues?
- Any experiences that sound similar to mine?