Injuries seacoast spine & sports injuries

Published on November 5th, 2013 | by karlyn


“Moderate chronic strain of the gastrosoleus muscle complex”

In an effort to beat this nagging calf problem into submission, I took a trip out to Portsmouth today to go to the Seacoast Spine & Sports Injuries Clinic. Why drive all the way out there? Well, I met these folks at the Great Bay 5K and they immediately figured out what the problem was and fixed it. I’ve been to the chiropractor before – in fact, an absolutely wonderful chiropractor that I adore – but he doesn’t understand running. Or runners, for that matter. As soon as I walked into the clinic and saw a book of running quotes on the coffee table in the waiting area, I knew I was home. You can’t buy that kind of trust, and I’m certainly willing to drive an hour for it.

I met with Dr. Tamara Lovelace, the clinic director, and told her that I made a rather foolish decision to run a 10K in brand new shoes and have had this problem ever since. To my credit though, I did know I was making a stupid decision at the time (hey, when has it ever stopped me?). She made me jump up and down a few times (literally) felt around a bit and diagnosed me with the following:

  1. Mild-moderate chronic lumbopelvic sprain/strain with consequent segmental joint dysfunction of the lumbar spine and pelvis and attendant myofascial pain and tenderness.
  2. Moderate chronic strain of the gastrosoleus muscle complex with consequent segmental joint dysfunction and attendant myofascial pain and tenderness.

I have no idea what any of that means, but she wrote it down for me and seems pretty confident about it. Essentially, she explained, that when I ran the 10K in brand new shoes, I pissed my calves off something fierce and they haven’t quite forgiven me yet but with regular appointments, massage, KT tape and stretching, I’ll be good to go. So I made my appointment for next week, and by pure coincidence they are having a clinic on marathon training injury free for right after it! I think this is fate.

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