Following up on my June update, here is the latest news on the left knee that refuses to stay young and carefree.
You will remember that I had decided on a treatment of the following 3 things, plus red berries, which I have not been very consistent on because they’re so hard to find. The treatment is:
I’ve been very good about taking the pills and the last time I had the needle was around this time last year, I think – in preparation for the up-coming season. Oh, and of course I have been putting a lot of time into perfecting my riding position.
All these things have resulted in a season that was virtually pain free, at least when compared to before (I can nearly always feel ‘something’ in the knee). I attribute this success to…well, I don’t know, really. I suppose it could be the fish oil and glucosamine, since those are the two new things I’ve tried this year. However, I’ve also strengthened the muscles surrounding the knee a bit this year, with the heavier training, plus I’ve lost a few more kilograms in the process. Also, there is some talk of the viscosupplementation treatments becoming more effective the more you do them (although there is equal talk of it doing the opposite).
All this uncertainty leaves me with a decision to make. Should I get the shots again this winter?
Other than the cost involved, plus the knowledge that my ageing doctor’s hands can only get shakier each year, I need to essentially take 3 weeks off the bike. The thing is, my knee, for the moment, feels as good as it did in the middle of the summer, so I’m wondering if I should wait till it deteriorates or throw in a preemptive attack of needles before it does.
I’m listening, advice givers.
Whatever the outcome, this is a positive blog post because there is hope for a healthy knee, at least in the medium term, which is something I never imagined only two short years ago.