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BUT I CAN STILL PUNCH

I've mentioned my hip dysplasia before. (Here's some general info, if you want it.)

Martial arts training -- specifically the ligament-strengthening it imparts -- has done a fantastic job of reducing my incidence of partial dislocation to almost nil for years. I'd been feeling pretty happy about it, really, since I'd been told in my 20s that I'd likely need a double hip replacement by the time I turned 40.

But over the last few months, there have been... signs. The left leg is growing a little weaker. The left hip is constantly uncomfortable. The right hip doesn't ache so much, but the misalignment from hip to ankle is getting worse. Worse, as in, almost impossible to align a bent knee over my toes in all but one position. I tried to demonstrate a spin kick in slow motion and had the left leg give out.

So. It's time to stop acting as if it'll go away. I can either keep doing everything I'm doing and make it worse faster, or I can modify/stop doing many things in order to preserve the joints as long as possible and, quite possibly, stop hurting all the time.

I'll be heading to a chiropractor at the end of the month -- one who specializes in working with joint issues and body alignment. In the meantime, I have a list of things I'm not supposed to do for awhile. We're going to see if stopping certain activities will reduce the pain.

No squats, jumps, sit-ups, or leg-lifts. No deep stances, and great caution with stances that put a greater load on one leg than the other. No high kicks or kicking a target. DEFINATELY no side kicks. No dodging (as in sparring and active self-defense). No running.

I can still run kata, as long as I mind my positions and torque. I can still teach and coach. AND I CAN STILL PUNCH. :)

On the non-factual side... Can I admit there's still a little voice in my head telling me I'm a wimp? That if karate really mattered, I'd push through? That telling the voice pushing through would be stupid results in that little voice making fun of me?

Yeesh, ego can be a terrible thing!

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queenoftheskies
Jul. 9th, 2014 04:06 am (UTC)
I hope the chiropractor can help.

Take care of yourself, okay?
blairmacg
Jul. 9th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm hopeful about the chiropractor.

And I'm actually hopeful the restrictions make a difference because if the same level of discomfort exists independent of, um, vigorous use, that's a whole 'nuther problem.
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