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Another Knee Injury

Rich's Fitness InfoLast Sunday, I somehow twisted my knee. This was the same knee that was injured nearly one year ago.

My knee gradually got swollen during the day to the point where I couldn't put any weight on my leg or bend it without excruciating pain. Instead of going to the ER, I called the doctor on call. He told me to keep icing it and elevating it. I saw the orthopedist the next day.

She drained my knee and said it was mostly blood. She said that was actually good. Had it been fluid, it would indicate there was an infection. In this case, the knee was injured and no sign of infection.

I started physical the following day, and 4 days later, I am back to my active lifestyle. I did not want to overdo it and risk having the knee swell up again.

For those of you who might be wondering, this injury was not the result of running, unlike last year. the doctor said I can get back to running but I'll give it a few weeks.

Ever since my first fitness challenge back in 2012, getting at least 10,000 steps a day has been a priority to me. It drove me crazy the first time I skipped it a few years back. But the thing is, I get right back on the bandwagon. Today, I am happy to say I’ve reached at least 10,000 steps again. This is my first time in a week.

My knee feels great, but the physical therapist is continuing to work with me for a month. I highly recommend physical therapists. They really do make a huge diffenece.

I can’t wait to get back to running, but for now, I'll just focus on speed walking and hiking for a few weeks.

Take a look at my screen shots of my activity. Prior to my injury, I only missed two exercise goals with my watch during the past year. I think that’s a good record, considering we’re still in a pandemic. I made sure I kept my fitness level up, even without the gym. I have to be honest though, I look forward to being able to go to the gym again.

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