On the flight to Argentina, my knee was in extreme pain from sitting with my knees bent for an extended period of time. Suffering from an injury I acquired two weeks prior to Zakopane on my good knee.I became worried, would the injury impact my abilities to experience and enjoy my trip to Argentina. At first, I heavily medicated myself with ibuprofen, to be able to walk around the flat city landscape. The first five days I was taking over 1000 mg of ibuprofen. The pain in my knee was constantly when sitting with my legs bent or walking downhill. Always a sharp pain in my outer kneecap. I tried my best to ignore the pain in my knee and to engage in RICE to alleviate the pain.
After the fifth day in Argentina, I was becoming worried I would be physically unable to hike in Patagonia. I had been resting for two weeks straight and my knee was not becoming better, slightly becoming worse every day. I started researching about knee problems associated with running (Zakopane story). I stumbled on runners knee syndrome and ITBM syndrome. Reading about the symptoms associated with ITBM, deducing I was experiencing the symptoms. I immediately started to be filled with regret and felt ashamed.
Last year in the summer of 2015 I had knee surgery on my ACL. My physiotherapist told me I had weak hips. She provided me with a list of exercises to do every day to strengthen my hips to prevent injuring my knees. Slowly after my one year recovery period from my surgery, I forgot about my treatment plan.
Once gaining insight into the cause of my pain and realizing my physiotherapist told me this would happen if I stopped my training. Researching the exercises recommended for IMBT was the exactly the same as my physiotherapist recommendations.
I started to work out my hips religiously every day. First thing in the morning, mid-day, and before I fell asleep. I would do hip addictions, side leg press, hip hikes, crabs walk, and single leg squats. Feeling better almost instantaneously after each workout. The body is interconnected and always needs attention
I am incredibly proud of myself to overcome my pain while traveling and hiking throughout Pantagonia!
I hope everyone enjoys my photographs from my trip!
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