I was impressed — not just at his range of knowledge, but in his willingness to incorporate anything that works. It was a real change from the orthopedist assembly line routine; the appointment lasted almost an hour.
During that time, he was only the second specialist to actually feel around my ankle, work the joints and try to assess its current condition. He said he thought an entire cluster of minute muscle fibers hadn’t healed properly, and that when I put weight on it, it simply tore them again.
So he stuck in some acupuncture needles really deep. (“The concept is kind of like tenderizing a steak,” he told me.) Then he did a very deep stretch on some of my leg muscles and now that’s all loosened up — except now I’m out of balance again. So he showed me some balancing exercises to do.
He said it would take a little while but he was pretty sure the acupuncture was going to help.
I’d actually gone to get an opinion on whether I was ready to start a walking program. He said no, not even yoga. He wanted me to do water therapy first, and wrote me a PT prescription. (There used to be a free program at one of the city pools, and I hope it’s still there.)
But I feel like he knows what he’s doing, and he’s cheap. So that’s good.