As a college student, I have quite a few uncommon hobbies. One of those hobbies happen to be “parkour”! Parkour is a discipline in which practitioners would aim to get their body from point A to point B in the most efficient (or most creative) manner possible. This can involve movements which includes running, jumping, climbing, swinging, vaulting, or even rolling.
I was not necessarily professional at it, more so just an average, casual practitioner because it was something I enjoy and it surprises me to know what my body is capable of. It also helps me take significant shortcuts when going places and gives me satisfaction that almost no barrier can prevent me from going where I want to go. The possibilities are endless and one can be as creative as they want.
Here is a sample video of what parkour is.
As a practitioner of parkour, one is always pushing beyond the limitations of what their body is capable of. This brings a great deal of gratification. At times, this also can lead to various injuries and I happen to be one of those victims. I was deciding whether to simply bend my knees or roll after leaping off a 7-foot platform. I would typically do a roll when jumping off heights of 6 feet or higher and I would be okay.
An Unfortunate Event
But on this one particular day, I decided to try just bending my knees, thinking that other practitioners do it all the time and are fine. Consequently, while leaping off, I hesitated and couldn’t decide between rolling and bending my knees but I ended up going with the latter route. My knee felt a lot of weight and I didn’t necessarily tear something but it definitely felt a little overworked so I rested a few days like any normal person would.
Around the same time, I was also taking gymnastics (another similar hobby of mine) as an extracurricular activity for school. By my next session, my knee pain had gone away and I thought that I could return back to my usual activities (and so I did)! Little did I know, this set me up for one of my biggest knee injuries (when I performed my frontflip routine). It was then that I felt that something wasn’t right…even though there was no dislocation or a severe tear in my ACL or that sort…
What Happened After?
After the injury, I was still able to walk but there was a pain with each step on that leg. This time though, I decided to rest much longer before I go back to my usual activities and to ease into them (that always seemed to work in the past). 1 month in, my knee pain did go away. The only thing though…EVEN just a little jogging, puts me in a similar pain to the original injury and I am out once again for another 2 to 3 weeks.
Okay, so I thought maybe I should rest longer? And so I did just that EXCEPT I had the same results: having to wait another 2 to 3 weeks BEFORE the pain will disappear. The problem though was that I am UNABLE to do ANYTHING strenuous and I am limited to just walking slowly. Kind of a hassle if I happen to be late for class and also the fact that I might have to consider giving up a favorite hobby.
A little about me though is that I can be quite stubborn. I prefer DIY methods of remedy for injuries over surgery anyday. It is not that I don’t think surgery works, but it is mainly because of the time/costs of the process that holds me back (X-rays, MRI, the actual surgery, time for prior authorizations to be approved, cost of insurance, physical therapy, actual healing and restrengthening time, etc.) and how “handicapped” one can become after getting surgery (difficulties showering, possible cast, crutches, pain medications, dressing myself, driving, etc). Surgery was a last resort for me and I wanted to try other non-surgical methods first.
What I tried to Resolve the Knee Pain
In addition to the usual pain reduction and inflammation medications (Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen), I used the RICE method which stands for:
R – Rest: Basically you allow the injury to heal by avoiding activities for some time
I – Ice: Apply ice so that the cold can reduce inflammation and pain for about 20 minute sessions
C – Compression: Wrapping the area with elastic bandage to further reduce swelling, but NOT too tight that it cuts off blood flow (feelings of numbness, tingling, coolness to touch)
E – Elevation: Keeping the limb elevated to further minimize swelling
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I also started taking Glucosamine/Chondroitin which are joint supplements. These would typically be good for healthy knee joints and recovery for minor knee injuries except mine was a bit more serious, so it did not work too well (at least by itself).
I also tried MANY knee supplements from Amazon and most seem to not work too well for me. My pain has not gone away completely and I was approaching my 8th month of knee pain since the initial injury. I was at the point of giving in to surgery but I did decide to try just one more brand of supplement. To my surprise, the last brand I ever tried ACTUALLY was the one that worked for me: Microlactin.
It is a supplement from Swanson that maintains joint health and strengthens the connective tissues. This supplement works through a different pathway from glucosamine/chondroitin. This means that you can take both Microlactin AND Glucosamine/Chondroitin which can aid with a quicker recovery and better results (more on that later)!
My Results from Taking Microlactin AND Glucosamine/Chondroitin
At first, I only took the Glucosamine/Chondroitin alone which didn’t help too much. Yeah…maybe my time to recover was a few days shorter than the usual 2 to 3 weeks, but nothing too significant.
When I finally started taking Microlactin though, it was a different story. My pain lasted ONLY 3 to 4 days AFTER a strenuous activity like parkour; it wasn’t even like the usual pain I get like after my initial injury, it felt almost like the good type of sore you get after getting a good workout in.
The supplement was working really good and so I tried experimenting a few things with it: I tried tapering off to see if this is a supplement that I would need to take for a lifetime. As I reduced the dose, I did started to notice the pain lasting a bit longer each time so there was my answer (partially).
I did not want to waste my bottle of Glucosamine/Chondroitin bottle so I just took it along with my bottle of Microlactin. To my surprise (and it was accidental), the combination of the two worked EVEN BETTER than each of them standing alone. My pain would last ONLY 2 to 3 days! And guess what? I tried the tapering off method also. An even BIGGER surprise is that the pain time frame DID NOT increase! It reached the point where even today, I have NOT taken another single pill of Microlactin OR Glucosamine/Chondroitin! Today, I am doing parkour and still do not have to take any more supplements! My total pain time frame was 10 months!
An Additional Tool to Further Relieve Knee Pain
I later discovered that something as simple as a knee brace significantly reduces my knee pain from 2 to 3 days down to only 1 day! It sometimes doesn’t even hurt at all the next day after a session of parkour, just some soreness and then I am good to go again. The soreness does not stay long especially if I give my knees the appropriate amount of rest days between my parkour sessions.
This means practicing every other day or every other two days. Still, even if my knees are pretty much back to normal, it is recommended to continue to take care of our bodies and never take our knees for granted (the last thing we want is a knee replacement!). I always ice my knee after my parkour sessions to prevent further inflammation and soreness.
Just when I was about to give in to surgery for my knee pain, I accidentally stumbled upon some tools that helped to practically cure my knee pain. They are a combination of Microlactin, Glucosamine/Chondroitin, and a knee brace. I was very surprised with this accidental simple discovery which has helped me significantly. Now if you are like me who has experienced persistent knee pain that has not gone away and “feel” like you have tried everything, I’d say give this remedy a try. Maintaining a healthy weight can also help with knee pain.
It definitely worked for me and I hope it helps you too so that you can continue to participate in your favorite physical activities. Of course, if you do have severe injuries like a dislocation or fracture, please do not hold back on seeing a doctor! Hopefully it never gets to that point for anyone. Other than that, stay safe always and remember to take care of your body!
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