That Time I (Finally) Went to a Sports Medicine Doctor

18 Apr

On Tuesday, I had an appointment with a sports medicine doctor here at Rutgers. I told him all my issues (shins, calves burning, how it’s been going on for years) and he was like, “So why haven’t you seen a doctor in the past, just curious.” Good question haha.

I guess I had never bothered because I knew that it’s an issue that will probably never go away, due to my super flat feet. I have tried taking off from running, starting up slow, doing exercises, stretching…and they always come back, so I figured I’m just living with it.

The doctor was soooo nice and helpful. He ran me through a few assessment procedures and we came to the following conclusions:

  • My left leg is wayyyy weaker than my right. Turns out I really need to work on hip strengthening exercises. Another reason this side may be weaker is discussed in my next point…
  • He easily could tell I had previously sprained my left ankle (I had totally forgotten about this until he asked because it happened in middle school!) He said that may cause that ankle to be a little weaker, and therefore biomechanically I may subconsciously be using more of my right leg. He said my right leg is a lot stronger and more powerful. Hmmm…
  • My achilles is pretty tight, which may contribute to shin splints and the burning issue. I knew it had something to do with my achilles because that’s the only place I felt it!
  • My ankles need strengthening work

He gave me a list of exercises to try for the next few weeks and then I have to follow up with him. I am so glad I went now, because looks like my biomechanics need some work! I had no clue my left side was so much weaker. Time to do lots of leg raises, clam raises and donkey kicks.

Have you ever been to a sports medicine doctor or physical therapist? Are you glad you went?


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6 Responses to “That Time I (Finally) Went to a Sports Medicine Doctor”

  1. peachylau April 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    This seems SO useful! let us know how you get on and if you see any improvement.

    • reach-yourpeak April 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      Will do! I will post the exercises as I do them so more people can check them out!

  2. Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes April 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I’ve been having problems with my SI joint and back and it’s been months not being able to run/ exercise fully. I went to a specialist but no matter how much core strengthening I do it doesn’t seem to help. It goes to show that being physically fit is truly a sport…. You have to take care of yourself so your body works as it should.

    • reach-yourpeak April 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      Exactly! It’s important to have good overall strength to prevent injuries and also make sure your running strong as you get older!

  3. seethisgirlrun April 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    You’re the second blog I’ve read this week that has been told to do hip strengthening exercises! Maybe I should start doing some to avoid injury. It seems to be pretty common.

    • reach-yourpeak April 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      I’d say def start strength training 1-2 times a week to prevent lower body injuries, and do core work too! I hate doing abs (so boring to me lol) but force myself to do it so my lower back doesn’t hurt on long runs

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