Prior to having the MRI done on my knee, the orthopedist suspected several different scenarios but without the MRI he could not pin point the problem. He mentioned several possibilities.
a) I tore my meniscus because the pain was on the side and back of my knee. This would require surgery and I would not be running for quite some time. This scared me the most!
b) I had fluid in my knee from the nasty fall I took on Christmas Eve. When the knee experiences trauma this is it's way of trying to fight back and heal. I watched some videos on YouTube of how fluid is drained from a knee and it was not pretty. I freaked myself out but prepared to have the procedure done if that was what it would take to get me back to running again.
c) A muscle tear/muscle strain
I took the CD of the MRI to the doctor yesterday and sat patiently in the room while he hunted down my MRI report. When he came into the room he wanted to exam my knee again and did not mention what was wrong with my knee so I was really nervous. He finally started talking and said "the good news is that you do not need surgery and your meniscus is not torn." Thank You Jesus! I was relieved to hear that but then he went on to tell me that I did have some fluid in my knee but it was not enough to drain! Thank You Jesus again!!
So here's the verdict..c) I tore my hamstring. It is not too serious and will probably heal on it's own if I listen to the doctor's orders. So here are the doctor's orders so that I can get back to running soon:
1) Physical Therapy for the next 4 weeks-FUN!
2) No Running-DAMN!
3) Stationary Bike-BORING!
4) Ice It-COOL!
I really tried to get a time frame from the doctor as to when I can run again but he wasn't having it. I think I was irritating him with the "when can I run again" questions so I stopped! I go for a follow-up in four weeks to see how I am doing and hopefully I can run again! Until then, I will be on the stationary bike
hating life patiently waiting until I can get back out there! I guess I should be thankful that it wasn't anything serious that requires surgery!