It’s Monday. It’s Memorial Day, so I’m off work.
This week was another crazy work and life week. My days were filled with meetings, along with two trips to Mt. Pleasant over our wonky Wando bridge, which is currently one lane in each direction. On Thursday, a wreck happened downtown, and traffic backed up from Charleston to Ladson (15 miles away). Clay worked from home a lot this week, and I avoided any unnecessary trips.
Needless to say, we’re spending Memorial Day close to home. After a busy week, my boss told me to not even think about technical writing or our company for three whole days, so I’m enjoying a long weekend of Netflix + chill + grill with Clay.
|Monday||60 min. Elliptical|
|Tuesday||60 min. Arc Trainer|
|Wednesday||60 min. Elliptical|
|Thursday||60 min. BodyPump|
|Friday||60 min. Arc Trainer|
|Saturday||60 min. Elliptical + 1 mile test run|
|Sunday||60 min. Arc Trainer|
On Tuesday, I went to Dr. Bein at The Rehab Docs, where we talked about my MRI results. Since the MRI showed a low-grade partial tear and high hamstring tendinopathy, he adjusted my exercise plan. We did single-leg deadlifts, kettlebell swings, goblet squats, lunges, and a new exercise where he holds my feet down and I fall forward. I’m still working on toe, foot, and ankle flexibility as well.
On Wednesday, I got a second opinion on my MRI results from another orthopedic surgeon, who is the former chief of sports medicine at MUSC but now has a private practice at East Cooper Medical Center. Both orthos agreed on continuing rehab and possibly opting for a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection for my achy proximal hamstring.
The proximal hamstring area doesn’t get much bloodflow, and a PRP injection sends growth factors to the injury site to promote healing. The evidence is still out on PRP, and I don’t know anyone locally who had it for a hamstring injury, but I’ve read some success stories on various blogs and Instagram. I’m talking it over with Clay and a few trusted friends before making a decision in the next few days.
I sought a second opinion because PRP is expensive, so I wanted to talk to another doctor before opting for that, and because the ortho at MUSC suggested I try to run to see if the rehab and glute strengthening are helping. The East Cooper ortho agreed, so since two sports medicine orthos told me to run, I ran one wonky-but-not-painful mile on Saturday.
As far as cross training goes, the doctor said no jumping, no explosive movements, and be careful with lifting heavy weights. Thankfully, easy ellipticalling while watching The Goldbergs and catching Jerry’s Final Thought is A-OK.