This was a second topic both Guru Art and Guru Aric asked me to start. Back in early December, while on vacation, I injured my right knee. Specifically, I damaged my right MCL ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medial_collateral_ligament
). Sadly, I cannot report that this was while skiing a 14,000-foot mountain or surfing 30-foot waves in Hawaii. It seems to have been, rather, the result of gradual damage accumulated while driving the 1,100 miles between our home, and my mother's.
Complications, in my case, are that my lower limbs took some lasting damage while I was in the military; I have a condition a PT named "generalized ligamentous laxity" (I have "loose" ligaments); and I am 48 now, so I don't heal quite so fast anymore.
There was definitely some inflammation present. I also saw some bruising below and behind the ligament, which would tend to indicate there was some tearing of the ligament. I was concerned, at one point, that I might have surgery in my future, but it is improving now, albeit slowly. The turning point seemed to be when my wife did some energetic healing on it one night. Thankfully, she has some capabilites in that realm. We've had a lot of things going on, however, including caring for a (now adult) former foster daughter, who is very sick, and so my wife doesn't always have the juice to do much right now.
I have been avoiding stairs, and other high-impact activities, as much as possible. I've been wearing a brace or wrapping it quite a bit of the time. Recent readings on the treatment of sports injuries have led me to avoid both ice and anti-inflammatories (since inflammation is actually a part of the body's natural healing process). When I have time off the next couple of days, I will find that article and post it here on the forum.
Money has also been an issue, so the offer of free testing this month for the Distance Training Program caught my interest. I have to balance the desire to test with the need to not injure myself more. Guru Art assured me that the gurus would be aware of my injury and that would be taken into account for whatever tests I submit, which is awesome.
This was what I wrote to him with this morning, to which he responded with the request that I start this post... My MCL injury seems to be showing slow improvement. I tried the first deep position in the stream-side set, the depok stance(can't remember the name right now), kinda' slowly and carefully, and was able to go fairly deep without pain. I was able to keep the entire leg, knee included, in a single diagonal(?) plane. What seems to be more challenging/painful for me is anything that causes rotational force in the structure of my knee. Which is frustrating, because I normally do have a lot of twist/gelek in my movement, from the ground up. I'll know more as I spend some serious time on things Mon/Tue. I suspect any kind of dramatic jumping might not be such a happy thing...I might have to opt for gliding...lol.
As I indicated, I seem to do decently when I keep the whole leg in a uniform plane. Rotational movement in the knee, itself, especially with weight on the joint, seems to be the most distressing. I'm sure I'll be testing barefoot, at least for most of it, as the added traction of my shoes seems to work against me in this.
Any feedback is welcome. If others are dealing with injuries, feel free to bring it up. I know I'm not the only medical person on the forum. Let's help each other out with these things.