That's what I read on my chart at the PT's. I went back to the PT I saw last year, and it was embarrassing to see the difference a year of injury makes. Last year, all my muscles were strong, 10/10.This year? Some are 1/10!
Things I learned:
1. Muscles are very deconditioned. I'll need to make a slow comeback to allow them to regain strength.
2. Hips and hamstrings are weak, but calves, quads, and adductors are strong. They pull the leg inward as I strike, rotating the femur.
3. Fractures are at the area of torsion.
4. Allowing complete healing of the bone this time plus strengthening weak hips and hamstrings should prevent recurrence. But I have to go slowly!
The good news - the BEST news for me, I think - is that my PT immediately recognized my problem from a collegiate runner he'd treated last year. The runner had the exact symptoms I've had, including two femoral fractures, and his weaknesses were identical to mine. His gait analysis video looked exactly like mine! He hasn't been back in over a year (incidentally, his aggressive rehab included running on the Alter-G for an hour daily throughout the fracture healing time once the PT's felt his hip strength was adequate to control the twist of the bone). So, I feel like this group of PTs is experienced in treating my particular combination of gait, footstrike, muscular imbalance, and running history.
Also in the good news category, I've been on calcitonin nasal spray for a weak now, and my pain has subsided considerably. No more waking up at night in pain, or sudden deep aching. Actually, it's just the occasional reminder now.
Bad news? The spray irritates my nose. I'm already prone to nosebleeds, and for the past week I've had one or two everyday (I had one on the road, in the rain, on a bike today. NOT FUN AT ALL.)
I feel a lot more positive now after seeing the physical therapist. It's the first time anyone has pointed to a cause of the problem: before I just heard,"Rest it". Now I'm hearing, "Rehab it, and here's how."