Penrose Physical Therapy
Aug 2019
Jennifer Penrose
Jennifer Penrose

Most people think that when they get knee pain, it’ll eventually “ease off” and go away on its own. That they’ll wake up one morning and like “magic”, knee pain will be a thing of the past… But then 6 months later you’re still living with the discomfort of knee pain. Often times its even worse than it was when it came on. It leaves some thinking their only option left is surgery. Does that sound like you?

Another scenario we see all the time at Penrose Physical Therapy is when people go to their doctor. The well meaning doctor tells them to “rest”, “try these painkillers” and “come back in 6 weeks if it’s no better”… But then, 6 weeks later, they end up going back to the same doctor again because it hasn’t gotten any better. Only then to be given ANOTHER prescription of even stronger pills or maybe a knee support. Even worse, maybe told that the ONLY thing left, is to go down the route of knee replacement surgery.

I hear worrying stories each week from people who have had knee surgery – to find out knee pain comes back. Knee pain after knee replacement surgery is a tricky topic. Most medical professionals will tell you that knee replacement surgery is the “solution” for chronic arthritis and painful knees. But the reality is, once the procedure is done it doesn’t guarantee you won’t have pain after knee replacement surgery. Which worries me! Especially when we’ve helped so many people like you, live life with a lot less knee pain, naturally! I believe in many cases that the body has the capacity to heal itself when given the right conditions to do so. When I talk about the “right conditions”

I’m talking about 3 things:

  1. Physical
  2. Diet
  3. Mindset

When these 3 conditions are met, the blocks are removed preventing your body from helping your knees. But when it comes to knee replacement – it’s very difficult to never feel side affects from the metal and plastic. Why? Well, it makes sense that your knees would still click and hurt months and even years after knee replacement surgery. After all, you’re getting the bones in your leg replaces with plastic and metal. I remember how bad it hurt to break my wrist so I would never willingly put myself through knee surgery if I didn’t HAVE to, and if I knew there were natural options available to me to help get my knees on the mend.

How PT can help

If you’ve got painful knees, and you’ve been told that one of your most hopeful options to get rid of it is surgery, I’d recommend you consider your other options first. Ideally starting with a solid approach that starts on the premise that your body can help your knees with the help of natural solutions. What most people don’t know is that hands-on physical therapy can help you get back on the path to healing. If you’re confused about the advice you’ve been given, and you think you’ve already tried all of your options, here’s 4 ways PT is better than continuous medication (or surgery) for helping ease knee pain…

  1.  There are not “nasty” lasting side effects
  2. It wins the “war”. And NOT just the little battles – PT gets to the very root of your knee pain and eases it, not mask it with little victories that don’t last in the end
  3. You’re not reliant on PT for months or years
  4. It doesn’t lure you into a false sense of “I’m going ok today…” to then be hit by the pain when you didn’t expect it


I know it can be confusing knowing what to do about your knee pain when you’ve been told so many different things by different people! I just want you to know before you go down the surgery route – it’s worth finding out if there’s a way to put an end to it by avoiding dangerous knee surgery.

P.S. If you want to hear more healthy tips from Dr. Penrose, tune into her monthly podcast “Stay Healthy South Sound” on iTunes, Google Play or Spotify.

his month, Dr. Jennifer Penrose, DPT, OCS, MTC interviews Craig Dickson on mental health and its importance. Craig has his Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. He has worked with kids and adults regarding loss, negative thought patterns, anxiety, depression and troubled teens and families. We discuss what is good mental health and how all of us can practice good mental health and how to recognize when others and children are not exhibiting good mental health.

Check out the podcast for this month and prior episodes on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play today! Search “Stay Healthy South Sound” and start listening and learning!

Prior episodes have covered topics like how much alcohol is safe to healthily consume or what effects obesity has on the mind and body and how to address it. Stay tuned for future episodes as Jennifer continues to bring the South Sound community tips for a healthier lifestyle!


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