Friday, April 06, 2007

The Doctor's Visit

I saw the orthopedic doctor this morning. The entire time I spent with him was maybe 7 minutes. He got me up on the table, moved my left knee around, moved my right knee around, had me roll on my side, did 1 thing and was like, "There it is."

Apparently my IT bands are so tight that I had a flare-up of tendonitis where the IT band attaches inside/behind your knee. So he showed me a couple of stretches (I asked, but he said I didn't need an IT band stick), and said that I should just do these stretches 3-4 times a day, and that will "fix" it. I guess I just need to stretch it out and give the tendonitis a little time to calm down and I should be fine. It's amusing to me that I had a knee problem where the solution is to stretch out my IT band up behind my hip. The knee will just solve itself once that's done.

At the end of the appointment, he looked over at the chair where my knee immobilizer was, and the last thing he said to me was, "Oh, get rid of that thing!"

However, the best part of the trip was when I was driving home. I saw a car that I also saw last Sunday when I was driving myself to the emergency room (the doc's office is in the same hospital complex). This car is memorable because it has 4 bumper stickers. They are:

- "Arms are for hugging."
- "What if the hokey pokey *IS* what it's all about?"
- "Cannibal Corpse"
- "Hatebreed"

Yes, two hippie bumper stickers and two death metal band bumper stickers. How awesome! I really wish I could meet the person who drives that car.


Danielle said...

Oh the IT band! That perpetual botherer of runners! Shoes can make a difference too...

Joe said...

Well, I don't actually have IT band pain. This is literally about just stretching more. From talking to the doc, this doesn't seem like the same thing as what you have with your IT band...