A while back I talked about how my hip injury had started to flare up again. Fresh off the heels of Boston and Big Sur, I didn’t want to risk it. I know what would happen if I pushed myself too hard and I wasn’t about to sit this season out. Thus, I iced like crazy and took a good two weeks off, with only light running towards the end. I also started to ask everyone I know for chiropractor recommendations. My insurance doesn’t cover chiropractic care, so I was on the hunt for someone with glowing recommendations, close, affordable, and someone who is a runner – so they “get” it. I finally found Hands On Chiropractic in Pleasanton and was hopeful that we could get this problem figured out asap.
Unlike the expensive chiropractor that I went to in the past, this chiropractor requires that you get x-rays at his office. What?! At first I was a little hesitant as what chiropractor requires this? Sounds like a way to make some additional moo-la to me. I was not happy about shelling out the cash, but plastered on a smile and went with it. When I returned for my follow-up appointment, I knew there wasn’t going to be anything groundbreaking revealed in the x-rays; nothing was broken. However, what was revealed ended up being worth the extra money.
What’s that you say? You can’t read x-rays? Well allow me and my super official doctor jargon try and explain what’s going on here. Apparently my left leg is 9 mm shorter than my right one, and anything over 6 mm is considered “clinically significant” (or so they say). Then, because of the disproportionate weight and force distribution, my spine is starting to curve. There is no significant damage yet, but by taking preventative steps now I can help re-align my spine and prevent further injury as I start to age.
I’m all about preventative care, so here are the next steps:
- Weekly chiropractor visits for a readjustment (duh, of course they would recommend that)
- Wearing a small insert in my left shoes for the rest of my life (sad, but true)
- Daily stretches to help loosen the ligaments, not muscles
Overall, I ended up quite happy that I took the course of action that I did. I’ve had various doctors guess that one leg is longer than the other, but now it was confirmed and it makes so much sense given my past injury record. I do miss the ART that my other chiropractor did, but I guess I love not spending as much even more.
Tell me, do you go to a chiropractor? How did it work out for you?