Published on November 5th, 2013 | by karlyn1
“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:
- Mild-moderate chronic lumbopelvic sprain/strain with consequent segmental joint dysfunction of the lumbar spine and pelvis and attendant myofascial pain and tenderness.
- 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.