Hike Distance: 4.2 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 31.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 197 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 2510 feet
Well, I saw the physical therapist for my lower back SI issues, and wasn’t impressed. There was no connection/rapport between myself and the physical therapist. A significant issue was the statement that I shouldn’t hike for at least 6-8 weeks, while I’m working on stretching and exercises. My orthopedist mentioned no significant downtime while working on rehabilitation, and that he wasn’t very concerned about full recovery.
Fast forward one day, I have been working with another physical therapist, for my neck, and he has been wonderful to work with! I mentioned my SI issue and he was very positive about recovery….and he said his patients aren’t asked to lay off of activities unless the injury requires a necessary recovery period. In his opinion my injury doesn’t warrant completely stopping hiking. He expects to help athletes recover alongside their usual (but modest) exercise. The physical therapist I’ll be using, for my back issue, is obvious to me. 🙂
Now on to this hike. I’m continuing to relearn how to make my walking symmetrical on both sides, as I’ve noticed I have an uneven gait. You can actually see the difference between how I use each leg by looking at the wear pattern on my boots!!!! This trail is level and offered me the opportunity to concentrate on improving my hiking style. I didn’t spend much time taking pictures.