- 8 sessions of PT at Henry Ford Fairlane (30 min each, not very aggressive)
- 10 sessions of PT at ATI - Ann Arbor (60+ min each, aggressive therapy)
- 2 week complete break from running
- Yoga 3-4 times per week
- Deep tissue massage
- Thai yoga massage
- Acupuncture and cupping therapy
- Daily stretches for hamstring
- Strength training for accessory areas - hips and glutes in particular
While at ATI (which, by the way, is an amazing place to go for PT), the physical therapists used a few different machines - ultrasound, E-stim, and something they called "The Hammer" - all to help speed up the healing process. They had me working hard while I was there and closely monitored my progress. I had the chance to work with Tim Broe, who filmed me running and gave me exercises to help correct my form (posture, stride) so that I can prevent this injury from happening again.
The therapists at ATI did everything they could for me. I had made progress but not enough. It was time to see an orthopedic doctor. Thankfully I was able to get an appointment right away at Dearborn Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. I saw Dr. Plagens, the team doctor for the Detroit Red Wings. He concurred with the inflammation diagnosis and put me on an oral Cortisone taper for 6 days (6 pills on day 1, 5 pills on day 2, etc), followed by an anti-inflammatory drug. I am supposed to be stretching several times throughout the day. He also advised to "take it easy" with running - whatever that means. I see him again 2 weeks from today.
It's hard to say how much better I'm feeling. The pain is less intense when running - more of a dull aching than a stabbing - but it's still there. I can drive for longer periods of time before it becomes excruciating but it's still uncomfortable. My legs are seemingly always tired and my speed just isn't there. Am I better than a month ago? Yes. But I am far from "better." It's frustrating.
So I will continue with the stretching and anti-inflammatory until I see Dr. Plagens again. He said if things are not improved he will look into other options for me, including an MRI to see if there is more going on.
I will keep you posted.