Friday, August 05, 2011

Runner's Knee

J has been diagnosed with "patello-femoral syndrome", also knows as Runner's Knee.  From, "Runner's Knee happens when the kneecap (patella) tracks incorrectly over a groove in the thighbone (femur) known as the femoral groove when you bend and straighten your knee. In healthy knees, the patella rests in the femoral groove and slides easily up and down when you use your knee. But when the patella is out of place, it can irritate the femoral groove and wear away the cartilage beneath the patella, leading to knee pain."  She's had this since February or March.  Neither one of us thought that much of it but then it started getting worse and she had to sit out of classes.

In June we went to the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and that's where she got the diagnosis.  They gave her a bunch of exercises and stretches to do, but she didn't do them often enough.  Now that it's August and her knee still hurts, we got a new prescription from Harkness and J began Physical Therapy this week.  She needs to go 2x a week for 8 weeks.  According to them she should be good as new at the end.  She has a new stack of papers with a new bunch of exercises she has to do 2-3x a day.  Getting her to do them is the tricky part.

Nothing else really new going on around here.  We're just continuing the same old summer stuff we've all been doing:  Camp, Dance, & Work.  I'm counting down the days til the end of August when W and I can get started on our new schedule.  I'm part of a new local homeschool group and already started filling up my calendar with awesome trips and classes for the fall.

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