Saturday, May 28, 2016

How to survive an injury

I went on a trip for business, and during that week Out Of The Blue, I developed iliopectineal bursitis.  I don't want to scare you, but this is the kind of injury/inflammation that can end a skating adventure. When rising from a chair or a squat, I would get a stabbing pain in my left groin, and the leg would collapse (and once  it collapsed while I was just standing in place).

If this doesn't get better on its own or with physical therapy(these usually works) there's limited options and a patient can end up needing a cane if cortisone and surgery don't work.  Fortunately, once I got home, it went away* and my doctor recommended ice alternating w/ heat and prophylactic NSAIDs before I skate.  So, it was with some trepidation that I got on the ice today. You know what I was thinking...

 Since I hadn't skated in a couple of weeks, it was a rough first fifteen minutes after I got on the ice, but I got the feel of skating again, and just started practicing all my old bugbears. My skills were just fine. When I was in the center doing two foot spins: They were amazing--solid, centered, on the right place of the rocker, no hesitation, four rotations, with nice exits. I don't think I've ever felt that good doing a spin. And my bad side mohawks were fine, and my hips didn't hurt at all.

But just to take care, I only skated 45 minutes. If the problem comes back tomorrow, I may have to seek medical care...again.

Then, in preparation for writing this post, I decided to do some research and came across this quote:
"The iliopectineal bursitis is frequently associated with hip diseases, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and sports-related injuries, especially when the pre-exercise warm-up is not performed adequately. It can also be secondary to pigmented villonodular synovitis, osteochondromatosis and pyogenic bursitis." source
Well, I guess I have to get serious again about doing my pre-skating XBX again!! I'd slacked off, and now I'm paying for it!

Well, yeah. Faceplanting at a 400 person conference will do that to you
* (I think the source of the problem was the SUV they rented. That thing was a tank to drive)

1 comment:

  1. I am really sorry to hear about your inflammation. That is really a drag! I hope you continue to do well and feel good on the ice--and to center those spins. Keep us posted on your progress.