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Injury Setback Causes Dismay

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By Rachel Luna, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/03/2012 03:55:01 PM PST

Three weeks ago I injured my knee, which consequently brought my marathon training to a halt. A simple twisting movement temporarily landed me on the disabled list.

I thought the most frustrating part about the mishap was the fact it occurred while doing an every-day thing and not while running.

But the frustration of the injury is small potatoes – and something I’m OK with now – compared to dealing with the annoyance of trying to get an MRI and medical answers about what the heck I did to my knee.

It’s killin’ me.

I went to see a doctor four days after I hurt my knee on Dec. 10, and it wasn’t until this past Thursday when I saw a physical therapist.

Phone calls and visits to the medical office didn’t seem to speed up the paperwork. And neither did letting them know I’m in the middle of training for a marathon.

I guess I’ll have to deal with the system until I’ve jumped through enough hoops.

And I’m still currently waiting to get an MRI so I can get the actual results of my injury.

An initial examination during my first visit led the doctor to suspect a torn meniscus or torn ligament. I got some Ace bandage and crutches out of that visit. The crutches didn’t last more than a week before they got tossed aside. I didn’t expect much out of my first appointment other than to get the process going for an MRI. What a disappointment.

But after getting evaluated by a physical therapist, the extent of my injury got downgraded to possible ligament or meniscus strain.

That was good news and I thought, “Good, I got the evaluation out of the way. Now I can get scheduled for an MRI.”

Nope.

Even after all the wait, there’s still more hoops ahead in the form of six pre-prescribed physical therapy treatments that came along with the visit to the specialist.

Gee. I should at least get a sticker or, better yet, a lollipop for all of the hoop hoppin’ I’m doing … with one good leg, might I add.

It’s been a letdown, but I really appreciate my physical therapist’s attempt to improve the situation, starting with having me do only three therapy sessions before putting in an urgent request for an MRI instead of waiting to see how my knee reacts after all six treatments.

I got one treatment out of the way during my physical therapy evaluation and I have two treatment appointments scheduled for this week.

At that point, I’ll have to rely on the paperwork processing. Again. Hopefully I won’t have too many more obstacles to face.

I might have to buy some Air Jordans just in case ’cause Lord knows I’ll need all the height I can get if I gotta jump through anymore hoops.

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