Tuesday, October 9, 2012

You have woman hips


Yeah.  Not exactly what you want to hear from your doctor.  Ok, maybe that wasn't exactly what he said but given my wonderfully supportive and understanding wife, that's what it's been twisted in to.

Those of you that know me well know that I have taken up running in the last few months.  Why?  I don't know.  I used to run a lot but after high school all came to a screeching halt.  You know, there was partying, studying, work, marriage, kids blah blah blah.  Life in general happened.  Well my wife suggested I run a 5K run here in Tulsa and my good friend agreed to run it with me.  I started training.  One mile at first, then two.  It wasn't long before 3 miles didn't sound so bad.  I ran the 5K without any issues and it felt great.  Running is like a bad addiction.  I'm to the point now that a half marathon doesn't sound that bad.  It's a vicious cycle. 

My training was going very well until a couple of weeks ago when my knee started hurting.  Great, just what I need. A reminder that I'm not 18 any more.  Through some good advice from family, friends and my current doctors, I found a doctor in town that specializes in treating runners and running injuries.  Today was my first visit with him.  It was an hour long evaluation and a 30 minute treatment.  But let's not get ahead of myself.

First thing was a quick run around the parking lot.  He filmed me from every different angle you can imagine.  We came back in and he watched me walk, did all sorts of functional movement tests etc. etc. The entire time he was looking at me I would just hear him say.  

"Wow, that's cool." or
"Can I take a picture of this for one of my blogs or Facebook posts?"

Apparently I'm quite the specimen, in a really wonked up kind of way.  I'm not going to pretend to know all the medical terms for the problems I have but here is the synopsis.  I have a problem with my hips that he frequently sees in women.  Something about the angle at which my leg bone comes out of my hip.  It twists my entire leg in a weird fashion.  To compensate of course, my lower leg bones are twisted as well.  That's pretty awesome because the end result is that my feet are pointed out, not forward like they should be.  My hips also tilt forward instead of being level.  That apparently isn't correct either.

All that is really pretty irrelevant because my lovely wife latched on to "I have woman hips".  He did some treatments on me to start correcting some of my problems.  Then he shaved my leg, taped them and my foot up and sent me on my way.  The issues certainly aren't resolved but I feel like I'm working with someone who understands what I am going through and feels like he can help me work through it.  

My supportive wife was of course peeing herself while I was telling her about my visit.  Thanks honey.  Love you too.