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Dr. Grant Lum's Diagnosis


This afternoon, about two months after my right leg quit on me, I met with Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Diploma in Sport Medicine.  The dude acts as a consultant to the NHL Players' Association and he really seems to know his stuff.  I told him my story, most of which you can read here, and performed his many tests.

The doc believes it's my sacroiliac joint.  That's the joint between the sacrum, at the base of the spine, and the ilium of the pelvis, which are joined by ligaments, don'tcha know.  It's either fractured or knocked out of whack and the result was a complete shut down of the posterior kinetic chain on my right side.  Posterior kinetic chain isn't just fun to say, it's also a bunch of important muscles like the hamstring and glutes.  With my posterior kinetic chain shut down, I  simply don't have the strength to do what I'm used to doing, so after a 3k of running it hurts too much to continue.

He's got a six week treatment that should get me back running, but since he thinks I could have a fracture, he wants me to completely shut down for six weeks.  No running, no long walks and no dodge ball.  I had to convince him my one hour of skating with James each Saturday could be nothing more than a light walk-like glide to support my six year old.  My treatment starts with a chiropractor as we get the alignment right again so my posterior kinetic chain works again.

I know how exciting this is for you all, so I'll post updates along the way.  I can't believe my illustrious dodgeball career is over after a mere three games.  I could have been somebody. I could have been a contender.

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