The knee update

I wonder if everyone is sick of hearing about my knee. I’m sick of hearing about my knee and I can’t wait until it gets better!!

On Wednesday I went to my first appointment with a UPMC athletic trainer to figure out what was up with my knee and what I could do for it. I headed towards the South Side of Pittsburgh for the appointment.

I was feeling a little nervous because I didn’t know what would go down!

The trainer was really nice andΒ knowledgeableΒ about sports related injuries and how body mechanics work. He asked me some questions and watched me walk and (painfully) run.

First, he gave me inserts for my shoes, which helped a lot. He showed me a magnitude of stretches. Some of the stretches were for body parts (the middle of my butt cheek) that I didn’t even know I could stretch. I did a few balance/strengthening exercises as well.

Basically, the trainer said that I over pronate when I run, I have a weak butt, and weak hips. All of those factors cause pain for lil knee! Thankfully, there are stretches and strength exercises I can do to alleviate the pain. (WOOOOT!)

I have to keep going back to stretch and learn more strength exercises and he wants me to do some specific stretches on my own for a few days and then try running… *gulp*


One of my blogging bffs, Jamie sent me a wonderful little package for my birthday!

I love her love for cool duct tape <33333

She made me angels (which I photographed upside down)!! I also got body wash [which I really, really needed hahah TMI], a pen with a picture frame, and an awesome swim cap!!

*****

Tonight, Hannah {little sister}, is having a pool party at our house and i’m making her a decorated cookie cake and chocolate covered pretzels. I’m also life guarding the party.

Sister webcam love <333

I’ll post a picture of the cake sometime soon! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

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23 comments

  1. Sorry about the knee 😦 I’m glad to hear the trainer could give you some stretches and some things that might help! That’s a huge plus πŸ™‚ What a cute picture of you and your sister! I hope we get to see those decorative cookies soon!! Have an awesome weekend!

  2. Haha, I love your nervous face! And it sounds like the trainer appt was super helpful (I didn’t know you could stretch the middle of your butt either…huh–the things you learn on the internet!). Hope the stretching/exercises make your knee all better! Leg injuries are NO fun.

    That duct tape IS amazing.

  3. yay I’m so glad you now know exactly what is wrong and how to get that knee stronger!! I have a weak butt too and am supposed to be doing tons of squats a lunges fun fun πŸ˜‰

    Cant wait to see the cake I’m sure itll be awesome!

  4. Well, I’m glad you’re on the road to what hopefully will be recovery!

    Enjoy your weekend Allie πŸ™‚

  5. Glad you got some helpful tips from the trainer, that was probably a nice relief. C’mon knee, you gotta heal up now!! πŸ™‚
    Have a great 4th with your family!

  6. I’m glad that the meeting with the trainer went well! I can understand what you’re going through, because I’ve had a knee injury too. Keep working at it, and you’ll get better! πŸ™‚

  7. I’m glad you’re on the road to recovery lady! Also: Your hair is so, so beautiful. (And your face of course. I just want your soft light hair…really really bad.)

  8. I have to say again that I love your hair too. You’re so pretty! πŸ™‚
    Looks like the angels kinda got smushed but I guess they aren’t too bad to fluff back up! Haha, I actually put that box together in May but kept forgetting to send it!
    I’m glad you can get going on healing your knee now – the trainer sounds pretty awesome πŸ˜€ I am so bad about stretching ANYTHING, let alone the middle of my buttcheek. πŸ˜‰

  9. Hope you don’t mind, I added you on Formspring :). I love that package and the tape, it’s so awesome! I’m glad your appointment with the trainer went well too and that he gave you some things to work on so hopefully you will be able to run again soon!

    A.L.

  10. Happy Birthday Hannah!!! I hope she has a great one! Does she run like you? You should do a post about her saying why she’s so amazing for her bday! Hope your knee gets better soon. It’s so hard to not run (mentally). I know though with your optimistic attitude you will bounce right back. πŸ™‚

  11. Aww that is such a sweet gift πŸ™‚

    I’m glad that you saw someone for your knee and that it isn’t anything serious! To reassure you, I also used to get knee pain running for the EXACT same reasons, after getting proper shoes and squatting/deadlifting for about a month I had no more pain! Give it time and get in the weight room πŸ˜‰ But realllllly!!!

    Saw your sisters cookie cake on facebook, love it girl! Your so talented!!

  12. That is so interesting. EVERY doctor I’ve been to for my knee pain has told me the same thing – I over-pronate and have a weak butt and hips. I really have to start doing my PT more frequently.

  13. I felt relieved to hear that your knee pain will be reduced after you do more stretching. Although this “stretching” can be really tedious and so much work (at least to me), it’s great that your pain will be less. Happy stretching!

  14. I hope those stretches and strenght training help you with your knees and youΒ΄d feel great again!
    You got such a nice present! And your sister and you are really cute in that picture πŸ™‚

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