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:
- Don’t always take the word of a doctor or a physical therapist.
- Listen to your body and learn how to communicate what’s wrong with it to a medical professional.
- 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.