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Backpacking With A Knee Injury

Battling a knee injury just as we are about to leave

The big concern for this upcoming backpack trip, besides food, is that I’m just coming off a knee injury. It is actually an old ski injury that flared up when I increased my incline on the tread mill, one of our cardio routines. I didn’t do anything about it for a couple of weeks just thinking it would go away but when it didn’t then I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with tendinitis.

I told the Doc that I was going backpacking in 3 weeks and my knee had to be healed up. Not a small request as I am beginning to understand. The Doc, to get rid of me put me into physical therapy.

So now I go to physical therapy 3 times a week, 1-1/2 hours each visit and then on the other days do prescribed exercises 2 times a day plus work out at the gym. Gym exercises include biking, working on the elliptical and jogging in the pool.

The therapist thinks that I’ll need to get a shot in my knee before leaving as it is highly likely that the knee will not be healed. Unfortunately I absolutely hate shots so am dragging my feet on this one. I think I’ll just take some anti-inflammatory along instead.

In the meantime I’ve lost ½ “around my thigh!

Posted by Miss Chris 11:43 Archived in USA Tagged backpacking knee_injury

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