Since my marathon in April, I have not been following any training plan. I have enjoyed doing what I want, when I want, as long as I am exercising 4 to 5 days a week. I was happy to have the variety…pool, weights, and if I was running, I ran by feel. Mid May, I did speed work on Sunday. Hill repeats on Monday. Yoga on Tuesday. While the running felt great and I had no issues, my muscles were probably tired, and so when I did yoga Tuesday, the downward dog stretch was too much for my lower legs.
I immediately felt a slight twinge, but didn’t think much of it. The next day I had an annoying pain in the back of my lower leg. I cut back on the running but didn’t completely take any time off. After 2 weeks, the tight pain was affecting my gait and I figured that wasn’t good. I finally saw my doctor. He prescribed an ultrasound and sent me to a sports doctor.
The ultrasound was about 3 weeks after my injury and although I was feeling better I figured I should go. (The ultrasound was exactly like when you are pregnant except on your leg and not the tummy !) It showed no damage to the Achiles or muscles.
So I felt kind of stupid when I went to see the sports doctor this week. I mean, I hardly have any pain and running this past weekend felt pretty good, so why go ?
I didn’t realize it, but this sports doctor is quite famous in France and works very closely with the Olympic field & track athletes. Firstly, he examined me and diagnosed the same issue as my primary care doctor : too much strain on the area where the Achilles tendon meets the muscles at the back of the leg. Very common injury. So, he proceeded to do some “mesotherapy”.
What is it ? In short, small injections of anti-inflammatory pain killers, directly to the affected area.
Long version : Mesotherapy involves the delivery of small amounts of FDA approved medications (non-cortisone, non-steroid) via local injections instead of ingesting or injecting intramuscularly or intravenously much larger dosages of medications, which are filtered in the liver and kidney and travel throughout one’s body. (source : www.mesotherapyworldwide.com)
The article goes on to say : Overuse of the muscles can cause inflammation to the muscle, which can be extremely painful and healing can be a lengthy process. Mesotherapy can be used to effectively treat muscle soreness and inflammation due to injury and to speed up recovery time.
How did it work ? He firstly sprayed my lower leg with an aerosol that cooled / desensitized it. There were then 6 or 7 (so I thought) small injections of the medication directly into the trouble area. The injection divice is sort of like something used by diabetics to prick their finger. It took all of 2 minutes and I didn’t feel a thing.
When I looked closely, there were over 20 injection areas.
He told me to wait 4 days before I can run, then I am good to go. He also told me if I ever am injured to immediately call him. I would have saved myself 4 weeks !
I have a race this Sunday and one again next Saturday and I am impatient. I haven’t run for 5 days and I feel awful, physically and mentally. I will take it easy Sunday because it is a 15K race, but I am so happy to get back to it !
Every heard of mesotherapy ? Tried it ?