Backing off to heal

For the past week, I have not done any running, jogging or used elliptical trainer, or other gym equipment. The only yoga has been some light, simple stuff at home, except for a Flow I class with my daughter Stephanie at Flow Yoga. This weekend, I did not jump out of bed to get my yoga time in first, as I usually do.

Why? My right knee has continued to bother me, giving me a troubling sensation of instability. Three weeks since the injury first appeared, the day after the Thrive Yoga workshop ended. Probably the most striking complaint is that the knee cap is making a popping sound with a lot of regularity, especially after sitting cross-legged for a while. It has gotten marginally better this week, but not enough to feel that it’s healing. I can do yoga without any problem, but I may aggravate the injury in half pigeon or easy pose without even realizing it, even though I never try to push beyond my edge and I flex my foot so that it stabilizes the knee. I have a sneaking suspicion that the injury has more to do with my hips than my legs.

I now believe that I am going to need a professional evaluation, but I am not sure who I should turn to. I have an appointment with my acupuncturist, but I am not convinced that he will be able to address this particular problem. Should I go to my personal doctor, since it’s about time for my annual physical? Go to a chiropractor? Go to a professional doing bodywork (Trager, Hellerwork, Rolfing)? Should I find a bodyworker who is familiar with yoga-type injuries? Should I find a sports specialist? I’ve spent several evenings mulling over the options, Googling and trying to narrow down the options.