Knee Pain

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April 25, 2012

Twenty-eight years ago I injured my knee skiing.  I had two surgical procedures.  The first procedure was to remove the entire meniscus and repair torn ligaments. The second was a manipulation.   I have been "bone on bone"  since the accident and x rays show severe arthritis.   I have no knee pain and still ski black diamond slopes.

In the presence of arthritis, pain in that specific joint is blamed on the arthritis.  In fact, more often than not, arthritis is not the primary cause of a painful joint.

At least once a week a patient tells me that he has arthritis in his knee and frequently adds,  "the doctor told me I will eventually have to have it replaced".  It is a myth that arthritis has to be painfull.  It is a myth that the progression of arthritis means increased pain and disability.  And, it is a myth that the only way to regain painless function is to have the knee joint replaced.  No matter how long the pain has persisted, in most cases, it can be resolved.  And, more often than not, knee pain can be resolved with a few simple exercises that can be done at home without special equipment.

Not all knee pain responds the same exercise.  The standard "strengthening and stretching" exercises uses to treat all knee pain can  make the pain worse.   And frequently, some gym equipment can hurt the knee.  At CHC Physical Therapy an evaluation is performed to determine the mechanical cause of knee pain and a specific exercise, in a specific direction is identified to correct the mechanical problem.

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