Earlier this week I finally made a trip to an Orthopedic Specialist to get my knees and MRI’s further examined. As it turns out, the cause of my knee pain isn’t likely the torn meniscus, but rather bone contusions. Bone contusions are basically small micro fractures inside the bone. The can be very painful and can take months to heal. This wasn’t the most encouraging news, but I am glad that I will not likely require surgery for the torn meniscus.
The Orthopedic wants me to wait a couple months to see if the contusions heal so we can figure out of the meniscus is part of the problem, but based on his assessment the primary cause for the pain is the contusions. The biggest down side is that I have to rest from running until I am healed. I have been cleared to cycle though since that is low impact. Cycling will actually benefit the problem by increasing blood flow to the knees, which will help reduce inflammation. I have also read online from others suffering from bone bruising that cycling was beneficial for them. So, that is encouraging.
I had completely forgotten to ask the doctor about climbing though, so I will have to follow up with him to get his opinion on that. I’m really surprised that is not the first thing I asked. But for some reason running and cycling was the only thing on my mind at the time. I have missed all three activities a lot. I’m excited that I will at least be able to be active in one of those three.
I plan on continuing with my anti-inflammatory regiment as well to keep inflammation down around the knee. Tomorrow I will be going on my first long ride since the accident five weeks ago. I hope I will be able to last for the whole ride (30 miles). I would hate to have to turn back early and ride home alone. I much prefer riding in a large group, especially after having experienced being hit by a car. It’s not something I want to experience again.
I plan on bringing along my Canon G9 with me for the ride and capturing some video to use on the video I’m working on to post on Kickstarter to raise startup funds for Adventure Naturals. Hopefully the weather is good, we have a good number of riders, and that I’m able to keep up. I will be sure to post about how the ride went.
In even more exciting news, I am getting married in eight days! So this next week is going to be extremely busy. I will be surprised if I’m able to launch our Kickstarter project, but I do hope I can get that going before we leave for the Honeymoon Cruise in the Western Caribbean. I’m looking forward to a week of relaxing, but at the same time I have been enjoying working on Adventure Naturals so much, I will miss it. I’m sure I will be ready to get back into it immediately upon returning. It feels so great to have found something I am so passionate about that I enjoy every bit of my work. I look forward to sharing my healthy creations with you all.