Doctor or Ice?
Each month I will take a case study from a personal account determine if I should have seen the doctor or just did a natural remedy such as ice.
The issue started with the lower half of my calf. I had been feeling sluggish and tightness if my leg for the past 3 days and finally there was a sharp nerve-like pain. I could no longer walk more than 3 steps without a sharp pain going up my leg. Running home to get some ibuprofen and stretch made a world of difference.
The next day I then went to gym and started with little movement and exercises. To remove and isolate that part of my leg and hamstring to release the pain. After about 45 minutes and a whole lot of sweat the pain was gone. Was it healed or was this just a temp fix to the larger issue. I had to find out.
After spending about 3 hours on the computer I came to the conclusion that my hamstrings were no strong and my hips were exceptionally weak. There is was – my solution to my pain. Now the question is do i see a doctor or fix on my own?
In this instance I decided to go see a specialist that was able to diagnose my condition almost immediately. After a few tests and a few stretches he saw that my body was over compensating on my opposite side of the pain. Isn’t that wild? The pain was a reaction to the other side not being strong enough to support my movements.
The doctor set me up with a list of exercises and goals for the next two weeks. I was to perform a series of movements 2x a day – once in the morning and once before bed to allow the muscles to always be in a relaxed state. Alternatively, I was supposed to go to the gym 3x a week for the next two weeks. That’s right – the stretches to relax and the gym to pump and get better.
So my schedule was set. The next day I went to the gym for my first doctor-approved session. He noted that an issue will men like myself, was that I was tall and had been bending over my entire life. So this resulted in a weak system. He also noted that my core and posterior chain was extremely fragile and that a lot of work was in my future.
After working out hard for the last two weeks – this was routine. Mondays I spent the whole time working on lower body stretching and deadlifts. If you didn’t know, the deadlift is by far the best exercise for your entire body. It’s simple. Take something heavy on the ground and lift it up. Sounds easy enough, but their is a special technique that should be used. it emphasizes the back part of your body from your back to your lower back then your hamstrings. Driving up from the ground then past the knees. This is a killer exercise and really brings out the strenth in your system.
Be careful, because if you were like me you could be prone to pain in the beginning. I spent the first month working on light weight until I could really feel the work in my hamstrings – not my lower back. Then when you are ready, take the time to work on the technique either via personal trainer or youtube here.