Hike Distance: 5.6 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1890.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 924 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 244241 feet
And another great hike at Battleground State Park! I’m doing my best to try and understand how I can best hike with my SI (sacroiliac joint) back problem. My SI joint is still causing me problems and I’ve been doing so much to try and work through this issue. I warm up (using a heating pad) the joint and then do stretching exercises that I’ve learned before. I’m taking Aleve and muscle relaxers. I’m also taking smaller steps, as the doctor ordered. I’ve even lowered my backpack weight by several pounds to lower the load on this joint.
The most important thing I learned today is that I’ve somehow changed my stride/gait to accommodate my right knee meniscus tear from many years ago. About five years ago I tore my meniscus at Crater Lake National Park, on the last day of our vacation! I subsequently had surgery to get rid of the torn tissue, and my knee hasn’t ever felt the same. As a consequence, I have been protecting my right knee by using my left leg/hip to take the shock off the right side. The bottom line is that I haven’t had a normal stride and the compensation I made has been damaging my left SI joint and hip.
I was able to scrutinize my walking technique, on this hike, and make some improvements that helped. That said, I’m no physical therapist and still need a professional to help me assess and map a plan for getting better. I have my first physical therapy appointment in the beginning of next year, so I’m hopeful for getting better over time! 🙂
Getting back to this hike, I hiked around the outer periphery of the park, in a counter-clockwise direction. After completing this loop, I repeated a clockwise loop on a trail that was about halfway to the rim. It was a delightful hike and I saw no people until I got next to the lake, at the end of the hike. At the lake there were plenty of people fishing. A very nice day. 🙂