So my knee injury happened because my weak glutes/hips/core aren't firing the way they should be, so the rest of my leg is having to support the lack of muscle ending up in pain in the outside of my knee. Luckly, I found a chiropractor that knows triathlon very well (he's completed multiple Ironmans), so I feel I'm in great hands.
The chiropractor specializes in Active Release and Graston, which I've had done before on an IT band injury. I believe in the effectiveness of these methods and believe that they'll get me back running quickly. They do hurt, but it's a "hurt so good" feeling. I have minor bruising from the Graston, but a bruise is better than running in pain.
|Kinesio tape for support. You can kind of see my bruise...|
I have a visit with him on Monday to do some more work and I may get the green light to run on Tuesday *fingers crossed.* Until then, I'm biking, swimming, ellipticizing, walking - ANYTHING to get a bit of a workout in. He also prescribed some stretches and one glute strengthening exercise. He said I'll get more exercises next week.
If I want to continue running, it is imperative that I focus more attention on my butt and hips and not blow it off like I've done in the past. My new goal is simply to get buns of steel.