Wake Me Up When September Ends

So last month's experiment with some progressive massage, stretching, ice, physical therpay, etc. didn't get me out of the hole.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm definitely better than I was 3 months ago.  I can run 4-5 days a week right now, an hour or so per day, and not get any worse.  But I'm also not getting any better, and that month of targeted work didn't have any discernable effect.  I worked with the folks at ATI (Wicker Park), and even though we weren't able to fix my issue, we did identify some areas of weakness in my core which I'm now able to work on.  So I think the visits to therapy were valuable for my long term development, the injury notwithstanding.

I visited Dr. Nicola this afternoon, and we decided to move on to the prolotherapy that I previously mentioned we may do.  For me, this consisted of two minor injections into the ankle, parallel to the tendon, right in the area of my rather-concentrated inflammation.  The injection is some sort of irritant solution (diluted dextrose and lidocaine I believe), and the goal is to reinitiate an inflammatory process to help that spot heal.  And it really is a very localized spot of inflammation.

This entails at least three weeks of active rest for me now.  That means no running, but within a few days, I'll be able to bike a decent amount.  I'll continue with stretching and icing, as well as varied core work.  Hopefully nearing the end here, though it's hard to say I'm particularly optimistic at this point.  Will update when I have one.