|Susan's latest therapy may seem wacko, but seems to be helping|
In my ongoing, and often frustrating, attempt to have my legs return to normal, I have tried most of the traditional treatments. I was encouraged when the pain in my right leg disappeared about two months later, but since the pain in my left leg had been worse all along, I was still not a happy camper.
As I mentioned in previous posts (click here), my regular internist at first diagnosed "musculo-skeletal strain" and thought it had been caused by the longer walk. He had me get an MRI of my spine and that seemed to eliminate an even scarier consideration--that I had spinal stenosis.
I tried to patch together some cross-training exercise in the form of Pilates, time on the elliptical trainer, and swimming. I stopped hiking as advised, but I found that even performing the simplest of activities was difficult. I couldn't stand on one foot to put on my pants; I couldn't climb the half-dozen steps to our house without pain.
Recently, some of the things I have tried seemed to have helped. I say this advisedly, however, because this healing process seems to be a two steps forward, one step backward sort of thing. Cortisone shots into two areas of my leg provided some relief--but the pain moved elsewhere.
Finally, I decided to try something new, for me anyway: trigger point therapy. It has involved the therapist (#1) applying pressure directly to the sore spots, and (#2) attaching some kind of kizmos to my leg and zapping me with light electrical impulses. These procedures may seem unorthodox, but interestingly, they have been helping.
Which leads me to a summary of my third visit to my new therapist: first some of the manipulation, then the zapping--and finally, a recommendation to pull out my rolling pin and use it to massage my sore muscles a couple of times each day.
|Calf in Briones Regional Park (EBRPD)|