finally back after a loooong time but will finally be getting some good health care coverage in a couple weeks so I can afford to get things fixed up.
so here’s the long story:
Decided to get in shape a couple years ago. went from 250 never worked out regularly to 180 with a 300lbs DL and a six pack in a pretty short period of time on a strict meal plan an Cosgrove’s complexes routine. Did those for several months in a row with no time for deloading.
Was doing military presses towards the end of a complexes workout one day and got a very sharp pain from my right shoulder on the way up. Did the remaining 1-2reps and realized I had actually done something so stopped the workout. Took a little time off and did mainly lower body/non-shoulder lifts(deadlift, front squats, etc).
So now I was doing much more legs than normal and mostly heavy lifts. Was in a hurry one day and started doing squats without a proper stretch/warmup. My left knee felt very odd on the way down. Not painful but jerky and not smooth movement. I immediately stopped. I do remember some bruising at the medial patella area where the quads attach to the knee.
This pretty much benched me from lifting and I’ve had issues with both ever since. I did go in for my knee and had it looked at by an orthopedic surgeon(for about 30sec) and had an MRI. The consensus was that knee has a medial meniscal tear but that probably wasn’t from lifting. The advice I got was ‘your knee structures look to be there. go ahead and lift if you want’.
Since then I’ve done some minor work for that knee with mixed results. Lately ,2 times in the last couple months, I’ve ‘injured’ my knee again by seeming innocent things. 1st was a bunny hop(not more than 3-4" vertical jump), 2nd was squatting down to put a heavy box on the ground after being woken up by the GF to move it.
I’ve always had joint issues and very loud popping and a creaking feeling from most of my joints if they aren’t moved for any length of time. For my knee(both) there is a very loud pop if I plant my foot and pull back with my foot planted. Normally this feels like it relieves pressure and makes my knee move more smoothly however since the 2nd injury this is very painful for my left knee.
The medial back of my knee(very back, not under the kneecap) feels odd. Sometimes it’s a burning sensation, sometimes it feels like my knee is going to bend backwards. Most of the time is an uncomfortable, off feeling. Up until now the odd sensation has never been in this area.
I have completely ignored soft tissue work up until now and will be starting that shortly however I have several questions on where to go since I feel much better when I lift and want to fix/avoid anything like this in the future.
probably repetitive strain injury in my right shoulder caused me to do more leg work. Didn’t stretch/warm up enough for squats and did something to my left knee. Been sidelined ever since. knee is touchy still and I now have an intermittent burning sensation behind the knee joint at the back of my leg. sometimes is mostly medial sometimes its in the center of the back of my leg.
I need to find a good orthopedic doctor that deals in sport med for this in the detroit area(closer to Northville the better).
I need to have a functional mobility assessment done
I need to find a good person for active release therapy
In the meantime what do you guys thing/what can I do about it?
I figured T-Nation was my best bet at finding an awesome doctor that can get me straightened out and actually work with me to fix my issues even though I’m not a famous athlete.
Hopefully in a year I’ll be back to looking like my after photo and be breaking my PR’s but I need help from you guys to do it!