Dealing with knee injury October 13 2015, 0 Comments

I'm having some trouble with my knee.

I did a slightly crazy run a few weeks ago on steep, broken, muddy ground in the dark and slipped sideways and fell, wrenching the left knee. It settled again with some ice-packing and NSAIDs at bedtime to bring down the inflammation, to the extent that I ran a half marathon on it without undue repercussions. However, when it was still niggling, I did another crazy night-time run on broken ground and although I didn't fall, it stirred it up enough that the ice-packing and NSAIDs no longer work and the knee clicked with each step when I started walking.

So, after the normal few days of denial and hope, I dragged myself off to the doctor and had some X-rays taken. The results were inconclusive, so he packed me off for an MRI. It turns out that I have somehow bruised the head of my femur bone, and damaged the meniscus, the cartilage disc that lubricates and cushions between the knee bones. In this wonderful age of the internet, I was able to find out that there are two parts of the meniscus, a white disc in the middle surrounded by a red ring around the edge. When damaged, the white meniscus stays so as it has not blood supply, but the red ring has a chance of regenerating because it is vascularised. So it's walking only and condroitin sulphate tablets for at least a month to give it all a chance to recover, the long-term goal being to be able to run again. No more perilous trails in the dark for me...

At this time of the year, if you are running in the dark, please take care. Wish me luck!