It takes only one blink of the eye to go from an athlete in top-shape to an injured one. Usually there is some drama involved, but for me it was a peaceful tea time on a Saturday afternoon when I felt some stiffness In my left knee.
I noticed that it was swollen and immediately I went through all my training sessions that week in my head, trying to work out what may have caused it.
I could not find any logical answer, so I figured that it must be a temporary thing. I put some ice on it and lifted it up to speed recovery that day.
The next day I flew to Italy, Formia, for my 3 week training camp. We decided (coach and I) to take the first week a little easier because of the knee. But the problem didn´t seem to go away. There was no pain, only a swollen knee, without any explanation where it had come from.
I had not experienced any pain during my harder training period before the swelling started and there was nothing else that could have caused the swelling. It was a total mystery.
The best treatment was to scan the leg to find out the real reason behind the swelling. So I went to Rome to to the Italian Olympic Medical Center to see a doctor and get an MRI of my knee.
I sent the data and pictures to my doctor in Finland for examination and eventually they found a small tear in my lateral meniscus that would need surgery.