It's a little bit embarrassing to me just how often something I see, hear, or read reminds me of an episode of Friends. Those of you who are with me on this may recall an episode where Ross is trying to bond with Rachel's dad and what finally brings them together is distrust for Rachel's chiropractor, Dr. Robert Bobby. And she tells them, "I got one leg longer than the other."
Internet, I got one leg longer than the other.
Today I went to the osteopath my doctor referred me to for my SI joint dysfunction. When he first examined me, he noted that my left leg was a teensy bit longer and my pelvis was all tilted. Then he started really yanking on my left leg to try to get my SI joint back into place. It wasn't budging, but I was sliding down the table, so he called a guy in to lay across me to hold me down. When it still didn't move, he called a second guy in to hold down the first guy. On that tug, I felt and we all heard a pretty good thunk.
He'd shown me a model of an SI joint and explained that most doctors will say that the SI joint doesn't move much, but they're wrong; it does, in fact, have a decent range of motion, which can allow it to slide pretty far out of place. I am now very much inclined to side with him in this debate. I wouldn't say it really hurt so much as just was an extremely strange sensation.
He checked my pelvis again and found that it was now straight. He also discovered that with my joint back in place, my left leg was now even longer. "Has anyone ever told you that you run funny?" Cut to my coach telling me, when I was running uphill, that I looked like I was kind of hopping on one leg. Aha.
So now I have a lift to wear in my right shoe that's probably about a quarter or half inch high. I should definitely wear it for running and probably wear it in any shoes it'll work in otherwise. He told me I should rest today and tomorrow, jog a few miles on Saturday and then run once or twice next week. Then I should be good to go for the race, which was excellent news. He's out of the office next week, but if it pops out, I should have my hubby (his word) put it back. He didn't know Raj was a doctor, mind you. Just someone who probably wouldn't mind taking a good hard tug at my leg.
It did feel immediately better, but he warned me that it was going to hurt later today. I tell you what, that man was correct. I'm hoping that means he was also right that between the adjustment and the lift, the problem should be solved. Because the internet message boards are full of people who are doing perpetual physical therapy and wearing special belts and still not ever being able to run without SI joint problems. I coudn't run this week and the alternate activity I chose was "eating Halloween candy" which doesn't seem like a long-term solution, since the problem is that when I don't run, I get fat. Sure, I suppose I could take up some other form of exercise, but it took me three years to really get to liking this one.
Let's hope the question of what alternate exercise I'd choose turns out to be moo. No, not moot, moo: like a cow's opinion, it doesn't matter.