Aargh! Along with the back/hip pain I referred to in recent posts, I’ve had some knee pain–all connected I’m sure. Anyhow, the knee pain got much worse last Monday. I went to see a doctor and physical therapist and the early, provisional assessment is a combination of hamstring tendon stress and possibly a torn meniscus (if you’re not familiar with this, it’s a small piece of cartilage on either side of the knee that tears easily). When I read up on these two things I saw lots about sports injuries and then some mention of how the tendons and the meniscus get more fragile and easily injured with age. I wish I could blame extreme sports activity for these injuries but I fear it’s simply a side effect of aging.
So, this has been a week of limping around, icing my knee, and resting it. No exercise except for some physical therapist prescribed stretches and gentle quad strengthening. The knee is slowly improving but I’m feeling fairly frustrated and trying to be philosophical about it all. I have another medical appt and physical therapy appt on Monday and am hoping to figure out a way to be more active, maybe swimming or an exercise bike while things heal.