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20th-Jan-2009 02:31 pm
I had my first physical therapy session today to learn how to strengthen my knees. I've got a great PT. I think she's going to do a lot for strengthening the muscles in my legs to preserve the knee.

The problem is the arthritis behind my kneecap. It's significant. I will eventually need to have the knee replaced. I'm hoping that's something that's a long way off yet.

I have one other problem that I'm going to go ahead and admit. The knee that didn't have the surgery, the 'good knee'? It's in worse shape. I've known this for a long time, but I've never mentioned it to anyone. I mean...why? It aches. It crunches. It's weaker. It's lost most of the cartilage. It's something that I normally just live with. When I take stairs, I use the railing to ease up on the stress for that knee. I just don't complain about it.

When the PT was testing the strength and flexibility of my knee and hip joints, she crouched down and had me lift my good knee and it crunched and clunked like it has for the last 5 years. This seasoned professional jumped back and almost landed on her ass in surprise. She was apologetic, and explained that knees usually make that noise are on their way to replacement, but they don't like to do replacements if you're under 50.

5 years. I am not ready to stop wearing short skirts and walking with a sexy stride. I don't want this. My knees don't feel any worse than they have in the last 5 years.

But is my stoic acceptance doing me more harm? Is ignoring this and focusing on the strengthening exercises the best course of action? Do I talk to the doctor about the other knee now, or at some time in the future? And when would that be? How do I decided when it's enough? Is there something the doctor can do now or am I doing all that I can do?

Thank you so much, alchemuse, for listening to me talk about this earlier. I am actually kind of upset right now and I really really needed someone to listen...just listen. *huge hugs*

The next person that says "there is no reason to be upset" gets thrown into the bog.
20th-Jan-2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Lady, I totally understand. I started having knee problems a few years ago... before I even turned 30. Ridiculous!
20th-Jan-2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
it's easy to say, "nothing to be upset about" when it's not your problem. be upset as long as you nee to be, and everyone else can fuck off. Txt me or call if you want to talk.

20th-Jan-2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
I would say talk with your doctor and talk with your PT, as well, especially if you see her before you can see your doctor. She may be able to at least give you an idea of things, if she hasn't already.

And while you might have to adapt your exercises for your 'good' knee, I'd think strengthening the muscles around it would only help in the long run. When I had my knee PT, they said that by strengthening all the muscles around my knee, I was taking a lot of pressure off the joint itself. So I'd say definitely look into PT for both knees, using the experts at your disposal. :)

(and my PT guy used to tease me when I called my non-bionic knee my 'good' knee, since the 'bad' one was reinforced.)
20th-Jan-2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
I would talk to your doctor now about it. It doesn't mean you have to have any surgery or procedures done. But I'm of the opinion that it's preferable to find out everything possible. What you do with that information is up to you.
21st-Jan-2009 12:53 am (UTC)
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