Six months following surgery, I made a competitive return to Belgrave Harriers and in my first track season back I far surpassed my hopes and expectations. I improved my 5k personal best by over a minute and my 10k PB by over two minutes, as well as picking up a few parkrun wins along the way. In short, I'm a far better runner now than I was before my injury, and I've had some excellent cycling holidays out of the rehab too.
Kash had this to say. “Steve was really struggling with his knee when I first met him and there really is nothing worse for a runner than not being able to run; I could sense his frustrations. I felt confident that the ITB inflammation was the most likely cause of Steve’s symptoms, although the lateral meniscal tear and parameniscal cyst causing symptoms in the same part of the knee did muddy the waters a little. We had a good chat and decided to treat everything definitively in one go with a minimally invasive 30 minute day-case keyhole operation as Steve had exhausted all other options by then. Whilst not a difficult operation, it is pretty rare to have to operate for ITB inflammation as it can usually be treated with other approaches. Therefore, it was valuable to make the decision as a team alongside Steve, his physio, and Justin. It meant that we were all on the same page and could tailor a personalised treatment and rehabilitation programme to achieve the best possible outcome. I have been delighted with his progress and it was lovely to see the photos of him in action, back out on the track and smashing PBs!”