Over the last 7 weeks we’ve covered a lot on knee pain. I just want to do a quick recap to remind you as we get to the end of this series. We looked at 3 things to know about knee pain including wearing the correct shoes, resting and a simple exercise. We then looked at why knee pain gets worse when you exercise and how to ease it through strengthening. Next we looked at 3 ‘quick fixes’ people think ease knee pain, but don’t. Those things were reaching for the painkillers, resting and wearing a support.
We then looked at if knee replacement surgery could be avoided, why knee pain gets worse at night, how to stop arthritis before it stops you and 3 things you could be doing that make knee pain worse.
If you’re suffering with any kind of knee pain or swelling, you won’t need me to tell you that it’s “life limiting”.
Here are some of the things you would likely be able to enjoy doing again, immediately if you didn’t have knee pain…
1) Waking up in the morning and effortlessly being able to put your own socks and shoes on (without the knee stiffness or sharp pain…).
2) Sitting at work without your knee aching.
3) Taking a long walk with friends and only ending because you’ve decided you fancy a coffee and NOT because your knee is hurting and you’re forced to.
4) Going to bed knowing that you’re finally going to get a good nights sleep and are not going to wake up because of a dull ache or sharp pain in your knee waking you up each time you turn over.
5) Getting down on the floor to play with your own grandchildren (best bit: knowing you’re easily going to be able to get back up…).
6) Being able to stand up for longer than 10 minutes without having to lean on your other leg just to ease your knee irritation.
7) Getting on and off your bike quickly and easily and “skipping” the next day aches and the pains that would have inevitably come.
8) Going for a run again without having to face the inevitable consequences of your knee tightening or swelling and forcing you to stop and limp the rest of the way home.
9) Taking a long walk through the local park or forest without the prospect of having to spend the rest of the day with ice on your knee because it’s gotten so swollen.
They’re all the things that people tell me they really wish they could do, free of pain, when they first come and see me.
How Do I Know?
It’s a bit like a “wish list” clients give me when we first talk. And one of the reasons I want to help you is I realize you are missing out on doing LOTS of things that you love to do. (Perhaps one or two are on that list?…) And it’s only at times like this, when you are in pain and likely to be forced into having to miss out on doing any of them, do you really appreciate how much you value each of those things, and the amount of quality and enjoyment they bring to your life.
Would it make a positive difference to your life to be able to enjoy doing things and going places without suffering knee pain, or, living with the terrible fear of waiting for knee pain to strike again? The answer I normally hear to that question is “yes” and I love to be able to help people do all of those things on their list again. If you’re suffering with knee pain, don’t wait for it to start affecting the things that you love to do and that you enjoy doing. It’s important to get it fixed sooner rather than later.
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