New day, new week, new doctor, new disease* !

Yesterday I was looking at the piece of iceskating rink that is my backyard and I was thinking what sort of tool I can use to break the 15 cm layer of ice that formed this year … I also looked at the sky,  to the weather forecast on long term and than took my snow boots to the storage. Big mistake. I had to bring it back today, as we have a  new & wet layer of snow of  about 30 cm. Which makes my problem with the ice a bit redundant. This is a sort of “Welcome to Norway” delayed. Last winter was rather mild and had no snow almost. This winter… I am a bit sick of it. Also because the responsible people are not cleaning the road from this top of the hill where I live and that makes going up and down with the car a bit more tricky than I wanted to. I just recently learned how to slide backwards with the car.  Anyway … back to the title ! New doctor !

I was unsatisfied with the first doctor I have seen so I went to another one. I found a clinic that is specialised on sports related injuries and I booked myself in. I had a pleasant doctor appointment and  most important I felt that this doctor listens to me and more important …cares about me. I also felt like punching him in the face. That is because in order to understand the pain he had to provoke it. And of boy … did he !

He poked, grabbed, pulled, stretched my knee till I had tears in my eyes. I handled the handling with stoicism and at the end I asked for the diagnostic : the doctor said that in his opinion what I have it is not torn meniscus.

I have a new thing now : Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome combined with semimembranosus tendonitis.

While the tendonitis seems to be pretty straight forward : “…usually responds to stretching & strengthening of the hamstrings…” the other one made me right this article. As I went searching about my new acquisition I did not got very far away. I got stuck here:

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a syndrome characterised by pain or discomfort seemingly originating from the contact of the posterior surface of the patella (back of the kneecap) with the femur (thigh bone).

The causes of PFPS are unclear, but there are several theories. Which issues give rise to the pain is debated. Similarly, there is no consensus as to what is the best way of treating PFPS, and there is not enough evidence to support any particular management approach.

However, my new doctor advised physiotherapy and that is the plan at this moment. He also mentioned that with a bit of work I will be able to run again. And that is enough for me.  I am happier with this diagnose. Sounds cooler also …

-What happened to your knee ?

-Oh … nothing … I have PFPS .

-What the heck is that ?

-Oh … that means patellofemoral pain syndrome !

*I know that disease in this case is slightly incorrect. But it sounds better.

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