Friday, August 27, 2010

New therapy

I've improved overall healthwise and have been able to handle more things in daily life. However, I still have chronic SI joint pain in my left lower back along with leg stiffness, mostly in the knee. My right side is perfect. This September will be two years since this condition developed.

My journey has led me to try a manual chiropractor that uses several methods of therapy, including moving my position on a table like the one pictured here. The doctor's goal is to minimize my pain level; he doesn't think my condition is reversible but is treatable. From all the previous therapy I've had, it seems to be a combination of several things - chiro adjusting, specialized massage, and physical therapy. Since I've just started I don't know how long I'll continue. It's certainly not hurting me (except my wallet). I was hoping to start walking more regularly and increase my distance, but the doctor told me to keep it to a half hour or less.

I'm making progress, but wish it could be more permanent. I'll have a discussion w/ my primary doctor about it later this month. Insurance will pay for another injection but since that didn't do much for me the first time I'm not sure I want to try it again. It put me out of commission for about three weeks.