Saturday, November 25, 2006

MRI Final Report

A few weeks ago I went for an MRI on my right knee, here are the findings and my plans going forward.

Clinical History:
Knee pain. Rule out meniscal tear.

There are no joint effusions present. There is a small lobulated cyst in the medial aspect of the popliteal space. The signal generation from the bone marrow are normal, and I see no bone contusions of fractures. The menisci are well visualized and are intact, showing no meniscal tears. The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments are normal, as are the medial and lateral collateral ligament complexes.

1. Small lobulated cyst in the medial aspect of the popliteal space. (No big deal!)
2. No evidence of internal derangement. (Good news)
3. The MRI examination of the right knee is otherwise normal. (Good news)

The plan: First thing I need to do is get properly fitted for new running shoes. I've heard good things about Days Sports in Fairhaven so I'll be paying them a visit very soon.

I'm going to start my running program slowly, starting with a good warm-up with stretching for 10 to 15 minutes and end with a cool down. I have to admit, I've neglected it in the past.

I plan on alternating between walking and jogging every other day. First week will begin with two-mile sessions. Walk .5 them jog .5 for 2 miles. Every week I will add .5 miles until I reach 4-mile sessions. If I’m able to remain pain free, I'll slowly begin continuous jogging until I reach my previous training levels.

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