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Can you virtually improve your knee pain?
Robert H. Shmerling, MD,
Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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Had a right knee replacement that has done well, but the left is also bone-on-bone and hurts. As with breast cancer, the doctor would not do both at the same time which, when you live alone, you might as well be holed up with two and take care of both at the same time with PT.
As a professional massage therapist I get a lot of clients with joint pain, particularly older clients with problem hips and knees. While I’ve been able to help relieve their pain and discomfort and improve mobility with my massage sessions, as well as achieve positive results with natural, topically applied analgesics (such as therapeutic grade essential oils), unfortunately, for joints that are damaged (and have been for some time) there’s only so much that can be done without surgery and joint replacement. Of my clients that have had hip and / or knee replacements (which includes my Dad) most feel like they have a new lease on life and their relief is obvious. It’s wonderful to see just how much the medical procedures (and also the ‘parts’ used) have advanced in joint replacement surgery over the years.
Does anyone have a similar experience I am about to tell? Please, please let me know. ……I had total knee replacement surgery in June, 2016; I was excited because I thought I was going to be able to take walks again….WRONG, after going through the long rehab nothing changed for except “bone one bone” was taken care of, but I am still left unable to walk up stairs, can only walk for 10 or 15 minutes, standing is kind of difficult. The pain in the knee is 24/7. Now the other knee needs to be replaced. I worked for 43 years and have never been to the doctor for any knee issues. When I stand and walk in place, the knee feels like a “rubber band” that is being stretched and released. I have mentioned this to my surgeon but he gave me his blessings to find another doctor to do the surgery on the other knee and try to fix the knee that has already had the surgery. I am 68 years of age. This is what happens when you work for 43 years full time with no “gap” in employment. Death around the corner with the stress that is building up.
You should seek another opinion before going through with the second knee surgery. Most knee replacements have good outcome but some come out worse…even in the best of hands. That said, their are orthopedics who are better than others and have more good outcomes than bad. Good luck.
8 weeks ago today I had two full knee replacements, two days before my 80th birthday. When you wake up and see the two dressings the realization begins that the doctor has done his job and now it’s up to me to drive for success with the help of physical therapy. My sharing is when the therapist moves you to pain you must go further into the “pain zone”. Very difficult (painful!) but intime you will have moved the zone.
Today I’m through with PT and on my own gym rouitine. When asked I describe my feelings today, “I feel like a kid with a new set of wheels”.
My mother says the same thing. She had both knees replaced, separately, 10+yrs ago. She’s 91, takes exercise and yoga classes 6x week along with water ballet 2x week. She gets every penny’s worth of her gym membership.
After hyaluronic acid injection. I constantly did bycicle movements in the pool and in the sea. My knees are fine and it has been 3 years now that I did not suffer.I did not have another hyaluronic acid injection either. Another trick is not to change shoe height. I cannot wear high heel shoes. The same hight that you are comfortable with is fine. This is essential.. Good luck….Dilek
This story is basically bogus. Once the damage is done to your knee there are limited treatment chooses. Most narrow down to replacement.
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