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When Life Comes at You Fast

Back in March I had noticed a weird pain start to come to the surface in my right hip. As I was training fairly hard with cycling and home workout sessions, I figured I just tweaked it some. After all, I was super hard on my body in my teens. I was running cross country and doing martial arts. I had blown out a knee, had surgery and lots of physical therapy as a younger person. So I figured, it was just fatigued. No big, right? I continued to be active in cycling and circuit training while making sure I didn't further injure or inflame my injury. It then finally reached a boiling point where sitting hurt, laying down hurt, walking hurt and stairs...yeah, not a joy. I knew it was time for professional help. Que the Kaiser Sports Medicine Team.

Well, fast-forward to today. It has gotten to the point where I now longer think it's fatigue. So I visited my sports medicine doc. She said that in the past 18 months, they have seen a string of patients coming in with this same injury. How weird!! Good news is, I am not the only, nor the first one. They have discovered that in addition to physical therapy and ice, that shock-wave treatments have shown positive results. Okay, cool! I don't know what that is, but lets do it! Beats the alternative which is a cortisone shot...which by the way wouldn't help someone in my situation.

Shock-wave treatment. Sounds nifty. Hurts like a B. I looks like an ultrasound device, however, instead of sending gentle, warm sensation into your body, it feels like an intense muscle cramp coupled with someone kicking you in the hip...repeatedly. When the device goes over an area that isn't experiencing trauma, it feels like static electricity. Very odd. This device causes swelling, bruising and pain...BUT, after 48 hours, I actually get relief. The swelling reduces and the bruises fade.

I am so grateful to the team at Kaiser Sports Medicine! They took the time to hear me out, create a plan and help me move forward. Kaiser's motto is Thrive and this team certainly helps me with that!

The point of this post. Injuries happen. Some take a long time to heal, some heal in no time. We can choose how we are going to respond to it. Do we choose to be angry? Sad? Fearful? Sure. We could choose that. But does it help you? While I have endured more than my fair share of injuries, I have learned that even though it hurts to the point of nausea, it is better to choose joy and peace. I tried the anger option as a young person. It did no one any good, especially to me and those close to me. So while I walk out this new path with my team, family and friends, I choose to not let it get me down. Sure, it may slow me down some, but that just gives me time to stop and smell the roses.

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