It’s that season again which I really dislike: forced off season due to injuries. For the nth time, it’s my right knee again. And to figure out what went wrong, I had a visit to an orthopedic doctor.
Apparently, I tore some tendon in there which was causing the pain. On its own it would heal but of course I had to drop all the activities I was doing that could involve my knee, and of course that includes running. The worse thing is that there are a lot of other things that I should not do so even my gym sessions were really affected.
Arcoxia. We meet again. I was a bit concerned with this one because it’s basically the “big gun” when it comes to drugs for my problem, and I just discovered that it has not been approved by the FDA for the US market because the risk of heart attacks and strokes might increase after prolonged treatment, especially with high doses. Is that comforting or what?
The good news is that my x-ray results indicate no evidence of fracture or dislocation and pretty much everything is normal, so I can let nature, err, my body take on its natural course of healing. The thing is that if I don’t heal well, I may need to undergo this so called prolotherapy. It is basically a series of injections (ouch!) to reinitiate the inflammatory process that deposits new additional fibers to repair a perceived injury. I don’t have any issues with needles, but I do have an issue with its cost—₱1,500 per injection! And I don’t need just one, I may need as little as four (4) up to eight (8) sessions! Who doesn’t want to heal, but at that cost, I pray that God gave me a body that can heal itself well. 🙂
If there’s anything interesting that I’d take away from this visit is how x-ray results no longer come in the form of film—my results are inside a CD! This CD contains a viewer for you to “enjoy” your x-ray “picture.” My doctor also accesses my results from a terminal inside his office so it’s a much “greener” approach. It really is good bye then, film!