Had a good appointment, thank you. Basically, my hip is on the right track, but he doesn’t want me to do a thing. Not even dance… even just a little bit. He believes I managed a tear, and he believes I really am on the brink of doing some permanent damage. He says it’s on par with something that could require surgical repair. He’s not suggesting anything like that, but he’s letting me know where he thinks I stand. So that sucks. What kills me is the little tiny bit of dancing didn’t actually make things worse, but I know better than to move forward on such weak reasoning.
Anyway. I’ll swim today. With buoys.
3 or 4 more weeks is what he sees. No irritation of it whatsoever, including no soft tissue work. As far as other treatments go, he says the following: Ibuprofen is just not helpful with tendon injuries—alleviates the pain up front but slows the healing in the long run, therapy is a fairly reliable treatment, surgery is not ideal for a number of reasons, and cortisone shots are ALSO not ideal. In this case, with the cortisone, he says they inject the steroid as well as an anesthetic, so it provides some relief for a period (he says people get the most relief after about 3-4 weeks in), but they end up worse off than when they started. As far as what the pain specialist had me scheduled for, which was some other kind of injection, all Kevin had to say was, “based on WHAT?” Kicking that doctor to the curb…
That’s it. Losing my mind. The good news is we have a couple of weeks to work on my shoulder/elbow/wrist, and that’s about 3 years overdue.