Has a surgeon recommended knee arthroscopy as a treatment for your arthritis? Confused? Read this commentary for clarification. [Read more…] about Knee OA: To Scope or Not To Scope?
Hip, Thigh, Knee
Her knee had been bothering her for years – “bone on bone” as the phrase goes – so she finally decided to pursue knee replacement. She underwent a complete medial meniscectomy (removal of the meniscus) when she was 17 years old, and arthroscopic surgery years afterward to “clean up” arthritic damage. “I was told 25 years ago I’d need this surgery.” Just 6 days after her replacement, she arrived in our office to start her rehabilitation. [Read more…] about 63 y/o Business Owner – Knee Replacement
He underwent a hip replacement a couple of weeks earlier, after suffering for 15 years with arthritis-related hip pain. After performing a few light exercises at home, he was referred for outpatient rehabilitation, with his first priority to get back to work, hiking, biking, and riding his motor cycle.
After teaching all day and 3 hours in a car, he had severe right hip pain that was in the groin. He’d had a similar pain in the past, but it would pass in a few minutes. This time he was limping, and it’d been several days without any letup, so he reached out to me via Facebook. [Read more…] about 44 year old Tech Trainer, Hip/Groin Pain
Knee Replacements are a treatment for advanced arthritis of the knee, usually resulting from normal wear and tear or trauma. The cartilage surfaces of the knee are replaced. These new joint surfaces are made of metal alloy and plastic, and (of course) have no nerves, effectively ending the painful cycle. [Read more…] about 66 y/o Retired Salesman, Knee Replacement
She began to have a familiar hip pain – from the groin to the outside – that had plagued her previously. She had already underwent hip arthroscopy in Dallas and another arthroscopy in Boston, where her labrum (piece of cartilage in the joint) was repaired. She was hurting bad enough that it was impeding on her daily activities and stopping her from working out. [Read more…] about 24 y/o Musician, Chronic Hip Pain
Patients will hear me say over and over “MRI is really only for surgical planning. If you’re ready for surgery, then you need an MRI.” It doesn’t tell you “what’s wrong” or tell us if you need surgery or not. I ran into a research study today that demonstrates my point. [Read more…] about Don’t I Need an MRI?
She’s trying to finish out her career before resorting to knee replacement and we’re glad to help! Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common problem and is becoming more common over time due to our aging population overall. While knee replacement is a great alternative for most, the lengthy rehabilitation process, time off work, and other factors, make it the wrong option for some. [Read more…] about 61 year-old Mail Carrier with Knee Arthritis
She suffered a season-ending knee injury injury in March, and started her rehabilitation elsewhere. Her recovery was very slow, and eventually came to a halt. She graduated, started her career, and came to us to attempt to complete her recovery. [Read more…] about 22 y/o College Athlete, Chronic Knee Pain
I recently received a voicemail message from a former patient (whose son I had also treated) asking if I practice a specific proprietary, trademarked, and well-publicized technique. I responded via email, and then realized that this response could have been written a dozen or so times over my previous 17 years as a therapist, so I ought to just make a generic letter regarding all such techniques: [Read more…] about Chasing “The Latest Thing”