Honest knee injury update

Every doctor I go to for my knee basically says i’m fine and that my knee is okay to run on. If the doctors I see keep telling me that it is fine to run on my knee- why do I keep hesitating? Why am I not running?

I’m beginning to think that my injury is mental. Maybe i’m burned out? Maybe i’m a baby about pain. Maybe I don’t want to be serious about running. I don’t know!

Yesterday I went to my regular orthopedic doctor and he checked out my MRI

 He said I have patella femoral syndrome or tendinitis in my knee. I have taken over 2 weeks off but he said I honestly can run when ever I want. I don’t know how to explain that I just want to run without any pain. I can’t remember what it feels like! I fell in love with running in high school and it is kind of sad to not be able to do something that I really enjoy.

So the doc gave me a perscription cream to rub on my knee 4x a day.

If this doesn’t seem to help me i’m going to get a much debated medical procedure done. It is called “platelet rich plasma therapy.”

Basically, I get blood drawn and then the platelets get seperated from my blood by a special process. Because the platelets are “healing” I will get those injected with a 5 inch needle into my knee to heal it.

Yeahh. *gulp* I’m hoping this cream and more rest will help. This procedure is very new and very much debated because no one really knows if it works for all injuries. The Pittsburgh Steeler’s Heinz Ward had this done on a pulled tendon and he healed quickly.

So.. i’ll see how everything works out because this procedure seems sketchy to me + it is expensive.

Do you ever feel like an injury can be more mental than physical?

WHat do you think of platelet rich plasma therapy?!

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14 comments

  1. My mom had to use that cream when she had a shoulder injury. It seemed to give her more relief that the things she tried prior to that.

    I know what you mean about wondering sometimes what is physical and what is mental. All I can say is you should take it easy on yourself, both physically AND mentally. Cut yourself some slack. Run when you want to run, swim when you want to swim. Listen to your body AND your mind, and you’ll get back on track when you’re ready.

  2. I have never heard of that therapy, but I hope that the Voltaren would help you, so you don´t need to go through the therapy. I have had tendonitis in my knee and both ankles and it was no fun, especially since the doctors diagnosed it pretty late. So fingers crossed for you and a hopefully quick and easy healing process.
    I believe that a huge part of various illnesses, fractures, muscle tensions etc. is mental, sometimes our internal motivation just works its way to our lives in unexpected ways…

  3. I think injuries definitely can be mental. I sprained my ankle horribly last year and it took me a longggg time to even try using it for exercise.

  4. I agree that injuries can often be mental, like subconsciously. I wonder WHY your knee is the way it is. I know you take good care of it and get plenty of rest! I hope the cream helps you a lot! I’ve never seen that before but I know I love biofreeze when I’m hurting. I’ve never heard of that plasma therapy – I don’t know what to think!

  5. I’ve never heard of platelet rich plasma therapy until I read your blog today, but that’s definitely interesting. I can see why an professional athlete would get it done, but it sounds expensive and experimental, I would really wonder if it’s worth it or if something easier/cheaper could work, especially because insurance might not pay too much of it (obviously for a professional athlete they have to do whatever they can to be able to play since that is their job, so they would just HAVE to pay for it if they had to).

    I really hope that cream works for you, maybe it will so that you won’t have to think about the plasma thing. As far as the burnout and mental stuff goes, I think it’s important to keep goals in mind. Like, I just want to be running for my whole life. I want to be in my 50s and still able to run like some women I know. If that means I have to take a few months off from running, so that I’ll be able to enjoy it for a lifetime, so be it. Guess it’s just something to think about.

  6. I definitely think there’s a mental aspect to injuries. Like you said, maybe you’re body is subconsciously trying to tell you something? I’m just glad you’re exploring all of your options 🙂 I’ve never heard of that intense plasma therapy before, but it sounds like a cool option!
    Hope you have a great weekend!!

  7. I do think that some injuries are more mental than they are really physical. As long as you start very slow getting back into running, I think you should be ok. BUT SLOW.

    And I have never heard of the platelet plasma therapy. It sounds interesting and i can see some of the logic behind it.

  8. oooh that’s tough. Yes I think it can be more mental. I mean if I haven’t had a shot in awhile I think it’s going to hurt so much more than it does but then I get it done and I’m all “oh that wasn’t bad” haha It’s that psyching yourself up thing. But if you’re experiencing pain I think it’s your body telling you something!

  9. I really appreciate how honest and open you are being about your injury! And you know, everyone experiences pain differently. I think it’s SO vital to honor YOUR body and YOUR nervous system.

  10. My brother (who’s an NCAA basketball player) had plasma therapy done on his elbow, in hopes that it would speed up the recovery time—and he was really disappointed in it. For his specific injury, it didn’t help much at all, and it cost my parents a fortune since insurance doesn’t cover experimental treatments. If you do consider the plasma treatment, I’d urge you to look into as many case studies as you can who have the EXACT injury you do!

    I also find that sometimes fear can play a role in getting over injuries. Sometimes, after getting hurt, it’s easy to doubt that we’re ready because we’re afraid of getting injured again!

    I hope things heal soon and you feel OK about getting back to running! 🙂

  11. I’m trying to figure out the best way to respond. This post really touched me and I want to make sure I use the right words.

    First of all, I completely relate to going to the doctor and having them tell you there is nothing they can do for you and you must work with the pain. It is the most frustrating thing. As kids we are taught that doctors “fix” things and when we realize that sometimes even they don’t have the answers it can be so discouraging. There is so much about medicine (and pain especially) that has yet to be discovered.

    But here is the blessing: you have the answers. Whether or not your injury is mental and physical (I am of the belief that all health conditions have aspects of both), you know your body better than anyone else. Listen to it and trust it. That could mean running again, not running, or just tailoring the runs to fit you and your needs. Only you know what that is.

    Deep breaths, have faith, stay strong!

    Much love to you,
    Susan

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