Knee Replacement Surgery Is NOT The Only Option!
There I was, having a nice dinner and conversation with my husband, like usual. As I stood up to clean the table, I was met by this horrible pain in my knee. My brain said, “Get up and clean the table” and my knee said, “NO!”
Some time ago my right knee started to hurt because I guess it wanted to join its mate, which had earlier been totally replaced. To my knowledge, knee replacement surgery was the only option. It seemed like the gold standard solution for my daily knee pain. I was not aware that other solutions existed. Every day, my right knee started to feel more and more like the left one that was eventually replaced.
I knew I had to do something about this knee because it was interfering with my ability to function and take care of my husband. My deepest fear is that I would lose my independence. My freedom to do what I need to do to live my life. I did not want to go through the grueling process of knee replacement surgery again…the rehab, recovery, time and lack of freedom to do as I pleased me to find another solution. I was not going under the knife again!
You can call luck or serendipity…whatever you want to call it, I was blessed by my mail. At the peak of my frustration, as I was limping inside from retrieving the mail, a piece of mail caught my eye. It appeared to be an answer to my prayers…get my knee feeling better without another knee replacement surgery. There it was, in bold letters, ‘AVOID KNEE REPLACEMENT’. It sparked a feeling of hope. The feeling that there was a solution. A solution without surgery and without drugs. It seemed too good to be true…so I called.
From the first call to arriving at the front desk I felt as if I was among friends. My knee was evaluated and they also examined the rest of my body. I did not realize how my entire body plays a role in the function of my knees. This makes sense when you realize that the knees are a link in a larger chain. As the saying goes…you are only as strong as your weakest link…and my right knee was the weak link.
I initially hesitated to proceed because I learned that I was to get injections directly into the knee. This did not sit with me too well, because I had cortisone injections in the other knee to reduce the inflammation and discomfort prior to surgery. This only lasted a couple months, and then it became debilitating pain, which lead to screaming, so there was no choice but go to total surgery.
After expressing my disdain for cortisone and surgery, I learned that the injections I was to receive were not cortisone…a giant sigh of relief and further confidence that I could resolve this knee pain without harmful drugs or surgery. So I decided to move forward with the I Hate Knee Pain program. The injections were not cortisone but something called viscosupplementation. Despite my hesitation and initial distrust, I was pleasantly surprised. Surprised with relief! After a while the pain totally disappeared, and to-date, about 10 months later I am still without pain. I can jump, I can run, I can walk and bend and even get on my knees, without pain! Can you imagine that? I have the freedom to move and independence to live my life without asking for help.
To say that I am much better is really not the right description of what I feel now several months later. Consider you can hardly move, and each step is a pain stop, then you acquire the know-how of a place where the service is such that the pain is left at the door and never to visit you again.
All in all, from my failing knee to my overall aching body, I lost hope. I had no confidence in the typical treatments for my knee pain. I was pushed through as a number and provided ‘inside the box’ or ‘one size fits all’ therapy. I’m writing to tell you, there is hope. There are options. Your body can heal with the right coaching, teamwork and camaraderie. I found this at I Hate Knee Pain.