Monday, March 29, 2010

Psoas I was Saying ...

I posted the other day about the injuries I sustained in a car accident. I'm very happy to report that everything is on the mend and Candace and I are both becoming more functional every day. Functioning is good. I like to function.

The residual pain I do have is found here, in the Psoas muscle (pronounced "so as," hence the silly pun in the title of this blog):

It attaches to the spine in the back, and then loops around and attaches to the leg in the front. It's the muscle that stabilizes your trunk when you sit, and it's also the muscle that raises and lowers your leg when you walk.

Because of the way I was sitting in the car, angled slightly to the left, that muscle took the impact and kept me from flying into the door. I'm grateful for that - believe me. Whacking into the door would have been the last thing I needed. What this means, though, is that walking isn't good for me. I went to the grocery store the other day and was dragging my little leg behind me half the time, not unlike Little Bo Peep's sheep, who dragged their tails behind them. I also can't do sit-ups, and sitting in a chair hurts after a while, because of the way the trunk needs to be stabilized.

So, there's the update on me. I'm pretty much stuck as far as exercise goes. I'm contemplating getting back on the diet train even though the exercise train isn't leaving the station for a while ... I'll have to let you know how that goes.


Sheila said...

Wow! I am so sorry. I hope that your body heals quickly and that you are not in a lot of pain.

Jenn Wilks said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your car accident! I hope you both get better quick! Psoas to start feeling great and exercising again. :-D