The hip flexor! I have finally figured out what to call that hip injury that I've been talking about -- it's a hip flexor strain. Along the way to this revelation, I was plenty insulted, but I also had an opportunity to laugh so hard that I snorted.
First, the insults:
- this injury is usually caused by tight muscles or poor flexibility (ummm... okay, but I am 41 now; flexibility is a little tougher at this point)
- it's also caused by core weakness (it's all right for me to make fun of my lack of any muscles in my core, but NOT WebMD - thank you very much!)
- and lastly, when the lower abdominal muscles do not stabilize the pelvis, the hip flexor muscles (A-HA! I obviously do have at least ONE muscle in my abdominal area!) will try to compensate for this weakness, and become overworked.
Up to this point, I was getting really annoyed with all of the explanations, because I do a plenty good job of degrading my body WITHOUT the help of online doctors! That's when I came across this next sentence -- "The most common cause of hip flexor injury is acute trauma. You may experience one specific instance when you felt your hip flexor pull. This may have been when you broke into a sprint, made a cut, or kicked a ball." Since I can assure you that I've not "made a cut" or kicked a ball for...... ever, it must be all of those sprints that I keep breaking into! :) That, for anyone who knows me, is enough to make me injure something else, by laughing so freaking hard! "Oh yes, excuse my limping; I injured my hip flexor when I broke into a sprint the other day..." ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Anyway, now you know all you could probably ever need to know about a hip flexor injury -- you're welcome. Oh, and also they don't respond quite as quickly to laser therapy, although I'm hoping that it will respond... and before Sunday would be really nice.
You'll be happy to know that my arms do not appear to have any sort of injury (yet). Yes, my feet, my knees, my legs and my hips have had more than their fair share lately, but my arms appear to be still intact. This is exhilarating news to me, as they will most definitely come in handy as I army crawl across the finish line on Sunday, after my lower body gives out. Now THAT will be a sight to see, folks!
I've been making a big push to get (almost) last-minute donations for Heartline Ministries, since that is the purpose of all of this craziness -- to raise money. Anyone who is still interested in donating, every little bit will help! Use the link at the top right side of this page to make a secure, tax-deductible Paypal donation. Otherwise, if you'd rather send a check, let me know; I can get you the address for that too.
Thanks again, and please keep praying!