But in some miracle within this system, I was actually able to get a same-day appointment with a sports orthopedic doctor last week, and since then an X-ray, a posture analysis, a follow-up with the doctor to discuss the findings, and a fitting for custom-made orthodics. I also have my first physical therapy appointment in two days. All of this within a week and before I travel to the US for the summer! Phew!
And might I add, I've only paid 168 euros for all of that. Let's break it down:
- 100 for the posture analysis (not covered by insurance here, elective): completely worth it, as I barely pay for anything else. I got to stand on a computerized pad thing that assessed where I put my weight while standing and walking, and then computerized images showed where my weight is distributed and how that has contributed to two injuries (my past plantar fasciitis and my current hip problem), and therefore what should be done to correct those problems.
- 68 for custom-made orthodics, and that's for the higher-end kind so I can wear them in my running shoes. The basic ones cost only 24. I think the temporary orthodic inserts I got in America because of my plantar fasciitis cost 20 dollars... imagine custom-made ones!
- X-Ray and exams: free.
- Physical therapy will cost also cost me some, but not much: about 30 euros for an hour.
|Posture Analysis Results|
Had I done that in the US, even with my insurance, I would be broke!
According to the doctor, the culprit of my hip pain:
I have a tilted pelvis that acts as leg length discrepancy. I don't actually have one, but because my pelvis is situated higher on the left side, my right side is trying to make up for the slight discrepancy and is therefore overloading for some reason when I run. My muscles are cramped up probably because of the extra impact that side has been facing, so I just need to do some PT to strengthen the surrounding pelvic muscles, as well as help along the injury, and take a break from serious running (other cardio is allowed though, thank God). The doctor said it should heal pretty well, so hopefully I'll be running again soon!