Bracing for the Moment: Have you ever torn your knee cartilage?
I was walking my dear big loveable dog last Spring when a mishap occurred. Harly was wrestling with a big but young pup that is a little out of control, most of the time. Harly’s puppy friend was circling around me and knocked my knee. OMG! I went down. The pain was unbelievable.
I thought I had just sprained my knee. But the next day when my joint was swollen and painful beyond what I could tolerate with Ibuprofen, I went to the Emergency department.
Long story short, I was laid-up for a week, then on crutches, went to physiotherapy for two months and wore a knee brace to stabilize the joint.
- My work was affected- thank you to all of my students that continued taking lessons with verbal instruction. ( I love my community of students so much!)
- My relationship was affected- thank you to my husband that found the experience to be a little overwhelming but pushed through and supported me, sometimes physically, sometimes emotionally.
- My friends came through. My bro, Lien cleaned my house and drove me to my yoga classes. I am so grateful!
After a year of physio and modifications in my yoga practice to accommodate my knee, I can report that I do not need surgery and am on the mend.
But this is my lesson:
My yoga practice has changed because of this injury.
When I teach yoga now, it it not just about stretching. We all need to strengthen the muscles around our joints to protect them. Stretch and strengthen! Balancing postures are also very good for the knees and hips.
I fell but picked myself up with the help of my peeps, and am now stronger for it. Thank you for that lesson poor sweet right knee. My meniscus will always be slightly torn- just to remind me that our health is precious and we need our people when times are tough.
Here is a link to How to Keep Your Knees Safe During Asana Practice by Lori Gaspar
Be well. Take care. And have fun with your own yoga.