I’ve heard plenty of stories before about doctors who tell runners to just stop running when they present with an injury. But really, I thought that was a bit of an urban myth. I mean, are there really doctors who are that insensitive or who don’t wan to help patients get back to what they love?
Apparently, yes, these doctors do exist. I had my first encounter with one the other day. I mentioned on Monday that I was going to see an orthopedic doc about my ITB, potentially chatting with him about a cortisone shot. In the past, I’ve always seen doctors at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore because they have a great sports medicine department there. This always requires at least a 1/2 day, however, so this time, I went to someone local. Big mistake.
The doctor’s assistant took down my information, part of which included how many miles I run per week. I mentioned that when I’m training for a marathon, I hit around 60/week. When the doctor walked in, the first thing he said–not hello, not anything–was “If you run 60 miles a week, you’re going to get stress fractures.” What? It took all my restraint not to slug him. I told him we weren’t getting off to a very good start. The appointment just went downhill from there. Sorry, but the guy was an insensitive bozo.
Compare that to my appointment yesterday with Nic Ebright, who was recommended to me by a couple of fellow athletes. Nic is a local massage therapist who really knows his stuff. He’s also a runner and triathlete and understands what his clients are going through. He goes above and beyond the normal massage.
When I walked in, Nic immediately rattled off that he does some research on each client before meeting them. He knew I wrote a blog, he knew I’d been running for many years, and he knew I was a coach. Nic took the time to get my background, and the history of my injury. He worked on my muscles with a combination of massage, ART, and stretching. He noticed where I was inflexible and gave me recommendations on how to work on these areas–recommendations that no one has delivered to me before. He even encouraged me to get out and try a run in the next couple of days. In short, he was every runner’s dream practitioner.
So Saturday I’ll try another run. I’m not convinced this one appointment did the trick for me, but it was a big step in the right direction. Thank you, Nic. To the doctor I saw–not even going to voice my sentiments!