Before I went home to visit, I joined a gym. I knew I needed to start pushing the physical aspect of things in order to start seeing weight loss again. I didn’t have a chance to go prior to leaving, and I kind of wanted to wait to see what the doctor would tell me about my knee.
I had an MRI to rule out a meniscus tear. We really thought it would be based upon the symptoms I’ve been having. On the bright side, the MRI showed no ligament damage. However, it did show chondromalacia patella with effusion. I had surgery in 1996, and they found chondromalacia at that point. It was scraped out and I did PT, and went about my business. Since the surgery though I have had grinding in my knee, as well as popping… it was just never “ok” again. The doctor told me that I need to focus on building my quad and glute muscles in my right leg in order to alleviate some of the pressure on the outside of my patella. This may help with the effusion and perhaps the pain. Or at least that’s the hope. She gave me some suggestions of things I could do.
I came back and due to work starting, and some other things happening personally, I had to wait a couple days to start going to the gym. I went for the first time on Thursday and had a decent work out. It was a lot of testing to see what my knee could take, and what would work best. Today I went again and stuck with what worked best for cardio and working my knee, the elliptical. I put in 30 minutes and burned nearly 300 calories. The machine I used is one that has an incline and pretty big resistance depending on the setting, which is what the doctor suggested. The lack of impact makes it possible to work without hurting my knee.
I feel very positive about being at the gym. I’ve always enjoyed going to the gym, and I really like the one I’ve joined. I feel incredibly good about myself after I work out, and I think I will start to see good weight loss again if I keep it up. The icing on the cake will be if my hard work helps my knee improve.