I went to the Physical Therapist this morning for evaluation of my knee and shoulder problems. The news was not good. It seems that I have significant weakness in my right leg and hip muscles, and also in my left hip muscles. My hand strength was markedly less in the right hand than the left, but that didn’t surprise me.
She said it was no wonder I was having trouble with my knee, or with walking, as my muscles were so very weak. She does not want me to walk so far at the track, but to concentrate on walking with full use of my hip muscles. I had already realized that I wasn’t doing that. When I do take a full stride from the hip I feel like I’m drunk, with a wobbly unsteady sensation. I don’t know any other way to describe it, and I look drunk, too. She wants me to use my cane on a regular basis, because she doesn’t want me to reinforce my unnatural gait. I’m to see her two more times this week, plus she’s given me a set of exercises to do here at home.
She thinks the knee is so irritated because the muscles that should be providing support just aren’t doing their job well at all. And she said the same thing about both hips. So, I’m going to be busy trying to build up what I can, before I end up on the floor LOL!!
I also had an ultrasound treatment on my knee and an electrical stimulation treatment on the shoulder and the knee, with moist heat, too. That felt wonderful, and it’s supposed to improve and speed up the healing process.
The PT is a very nice lady, and I felt comfortable with her immediately. It’s just as well, as it sounds like I’m going to be going there for awhile. Of course, insurance has a lot to do with how many sessions they’ll let me have, so I need to learn as much as I can about how to do the exercises at home.