Hold off on that funeral – My running career isn’t dead yet

I've just got some small tears in the tendon leading to my gluteus medius. No surgery needed.

I’ve just got some small tears in the tendon leading to my gluteus medius. No surgery needed.

The doctor’s call, at 10:55 a.m. Thursday, started like this: “I’ve got some really good news for you, Kevin.”

And with that, my running career – which had been on death row after this grim diagnosis - was not only given a stay of execution, but an outright pardon.

I said in this space earlier I was going to get a second opinion from another doctor. That doctor – orthopedic surgeon Matthew Heinrich – had seen my X-Ray and came to the same conclusion as the previous doctor had late last month: That my running career was over because of hip dysplasia and femoral acetabular impingement. But Heinrich was confused as he gave me this diagnosis because I was not having any pain. So he ordered an MRI arthrogram – which gives you a 3D look at my hip.

(Note: I’d had a conventional MRI on this same hip about this time last year, but it was not an MRI Arthrogram – which doctors inject you with dye to give themselves a clearer, 3-D look at all your joints and tissues.)

Anyway, Heinrich calls me Thursday and lays down a few talking points

  • I DO NOT need a hip replacement or any other kind of surgery.
  • My hip socket is “normal enough” and I do not have any kind of labral tears.
  • My problems are being caused by “mild fraying of the tendons to my gluteus medius.”
  • That can be fixed with some “hip girdle strengthening” and other aggresive physical therapy.
  • Unlike the first doctor who said my running career is “over,” Heinrich said I can be fixed with some good PT. (I told him I’ve done plenty of physical therapy – so  hopefully it’ll be some stuff I haven’t done before, or it’ll be much more intense.)

Isn’t it funny how two doctors can come up with radically different diagnoses? The lesson I’m taking from this whole ordeal:

  1. Don’t always take the word of a doctor or a physical therapist.
  2. Listen to your body and learn how to communicate what’s wrong with it to a medical professional.
  3. Make them listen to you because if you don’t, they will just give you the textbook treatment.

I won’t put a timetable of when I will be back to normal, but the most important thing is one day I will be back to normal.

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7 Responses to Hold off on that funeral – My running career isn’t dead yet

  1. Katie says:

    That’s great news!

  2. Kim says:

    It is good to hear Dr. Heinrich not always prescribe THR. He told meon July 3 I DID need one. I am getting a second opinion just in case, but it is nice to hear he isn’t surgery dependent. Good Luck with your PT. I use Dr. Phil Davis at The Training Room. He is a hip expert.

  3. Kevin Lyons says:

    Thanks Kim.. I have never heard of Dr. Phil … Davis that is.

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