Though this article of mine will appear to be a bit different, but still it directly links with the trekking- A very important factor of trekking which many of us ignore – our health and fitness and impact of walking on un-usual surface.
This happened with me last year, and I would like to share my story, I am sure many of us will be able to extract a good lesson from it.
In September 2011, while I was on a trek, I slipped. We all slip somewhere on trek. It’s quite normal to us. It wasn’t at all a slip which made me worried that moment. In fact I continued till my destination for that day. It was only when I woke up next day that I realized some area near to my right knee sensation less. It was painful.
When I was back had few check-ups, initial x-rays. They were okay. The symptoms begin to fade out. I was fine until full winter in December. When I was back had few check-ups, initial x-rays. They were okay. The symptoms begin to fade out. I was fine until full winter in December.
The pain reappeared in cold winters. The astonishing thing was that it only happened when I used to fully bend my leg. It was not possible for me to sit for prayers. Again I went to doc, some more tests, more medicines, pain killers – they brought some relief.
It was in March 2012 that an orthopedic surgeon requested me for my knee MRI. Result: Knee meniscus tear. Solution: surgery. But he suggested me to wait. Gave me knee moblizer. Asked me for some knee exercise. And suggested weight loss. I consulted for many doctors ‘s advice. All asked if I would like to continue climbing?
I have gone through another MRI in next 4 months, did 2 more treks this year. One completed, one not. Worked with my knee mobilizer. Consulted almost all the top orthopedic surgeons of Islamabad , had a cortisone injection to my knee last week. With care / rest / medicines, and with Allah’s blessing I avoided the surgery or arthroscopy.
Still I feel the pain sometimes, though its intensity is reduced, though now only on squatting position.
Trekking may help us in reducing our weight, but we must reduce that before we go for trekking.
We all slip somewhere on trek. It’s quite normal to us, but slipping with being over weight, a mirror jerk and a bit wrong angle, just a small stress to our joints results in a huge impact to our bones and tissues. In fact now, I know so much about it that I can give advice to any one with knee pain after knowing symptoms. I am not a doctor b.t.w but THE only thing which anyone need to know is stay in your recommended weight, NOTHING else.
The only advice which I would like to give you all trekkers is : know your weight to height ratio. if you are overweight, don’t go for trekking. first achieve fitness! A point which all the doctors emphasize.
We all enjoy climbing and hiking but if you are overweight you are killing your knees and ankles before age.
Happy trekking with healthy body