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physiotherapy not working for me, help

Post: #1
07-13-2011, 12:54 AM
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physiotherapy not working for me, help


Because my knees were acting up I have been taking physio 3 times each week for 2 hours at a stretch. Sadly, it looks like it isn't doing anything for me. I can't straighten or bend my leg that far. I am lucky if I can get it past a right angle. My doctor saw that I was making little progress with my mobility and has stopped my physio.

Now he said for me to get supartz injections and continued physio in a few months or better to get a complete knee replacement. He thinks that I really need my knee joint replaced because I am suffering too much pain. He also said that since my leg muscles haven't been used hardly at all because it hurts to move, that I won't have very good mobility even after surgery. I will probably need a cane permanently.

Now I don't know if it makes sense to risk the surgery if I can't get any better from it? I would like some opinions. I am very confused and frightened.




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Post: #2
07-13-2011, 09:06 PM
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I think you are just getting all in a panic over this. The surgery is definitely risky and not should be something you are eager to get, but if you are in severe pain, why suffer if you don't have options. Just try to check out the surgeon and the hospital to see their success rates. So many knee replacements are done each year that it makes the procedure fairly common and well understood.

If you have the surgery but cannot move that well, its obvious that that is better than not moving well and being in pain. There are no perfect cures, just improvements.




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Post: #3
07-14-2011, 11:41 AM
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Choosing to live in pain or have surgery is a question of quality of life. If you cannot move, you become trapped in a chair and trapped in your house. This is bad for physical and mental health. It can lead to isolation and depression. If you wish to find other options to avoid the pain, ask for second opinion from your doctor.

If there are other options, then that is great. Try them for yourself. If there are none, then you have to judge whether you wish to live with pain. It is also important to remember that surgery risks increase with age. I see from your profile that you are in your late 50s so you are reasonably young. If you hold out for a while and then get the surgery your risks will be higher.

Ultimately, you will make the decisions for yourself. Just make sure you are informed.

Best of luck in your decision,

Rachel




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Post: #4
07-15-2011, 01:16 AM
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Thanks for helping me. I suffer from anxiety and have difficulty making decisions especially for serious issues. I have been worrying for days about this.




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Post: #5
07-16-2011, 11:34 AM
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Sorry that you are having difficulties with anxiety. If you need more information or experiences, please feel free to ask more questions in the forum. People will answer.

Rachel




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Post: #6
12-22-2011, 01:47 AM
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AudreyH, Hi, I had double knee replacement many years ago. I tried a lot of things before the surgery, injections, etc. If I remember water therapy helped me the most. I enrolled at a YWCA, with my doctor prescribing it. Have you tried water therapy yet? If you have not, I would try it. If there are no classes that you can find, I suggest purchasing a book on the subject and finding a swimming pool to do the water exercises in. Don't be afraid, I put my surgery off for a long time, because I just did not want to have artificial knees. But when it got to the point that I could not walk, I did what I had to do. Investigate, because there are new knee replacements, that bend immediately after the operation, I am told. Much better than the ones I received, when my knees were replaced. I had to have therapy because my knees were in the shape of a V and had to be pressed down into an I, which was very interesting indeed. But I could not walk around like a duck with them in a V. I was walking three weeks after the surgery. You will be fine, it's just the anticipation. Read some of my other posts on this subject, for additional information. I made a promise that I have to keep, but there is something else that could help you. Cheers.



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