Lady (53) With Severe Knee Pain Yells, “I’m Stuck!”

Last week, I received this interesting question by email from a reader of my column in the Los Altos Town Crier with knee pain.

It’s a question a LOT of people with Knee Pain ponder over:

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“Kim, I am really beginning to wonder if anything can be done about my knee.

All of the advice I’ve received from my doctor, from friends and from what I’ve read on the internet, tells me that so many people suffer from knee pain and stiffness, almost as if it’s “normal.”

And I get the impression that if it’s not always severe, then I should be grateful for the ability to even get out of bed in the morning.

I’m a 53-year-old lady, tech worker from Cupertino and absolutely NOT ready to give up on life as I know it.

I have turned my back on medication years ago, I desperately don’t want to go back down that route and I want to find a way to support myself (and my knee) naturally through this situation. I want to live without the fear of side effects or have a life dictated by regular trips to the doctor.

I’ve tried exercises – I really have.

A couple of Pilates classes at the local gym too, but those were too painful to continue.

I lost some weight on the advice of my doctor and even bought a book on Amazon about the ways that I could manage this problem myself.

So far, I’m not doing it very well, am I?

Some friends of mine say that I should just give up and accept it, but I’m not wanting to do that.

I’m getting seriously worried about my long term health. I’ve noticed my back beginning to tighten and feel stiff too. My exercise is limited because I feel so stiff, and that can’t be good for health in general, can it?

I’m now worried that the weight will pile back on too – which I know will make my knee pain even worse.

I feel really stuck!

And not sure what to do because although I’m keen on trying Physical Therapy, I went to see someone once who said she was a PT, but it didn’t do too much to help me.

Is it just me?

And a friend of mine who is much younger than I am also tried PT and only got exercises.

If physical therapy couldn’t help someone younger than me, what chance have I got?

So what I’m trying to say is, although I like the sound of what you’re offering, I’m actually very skeptical and still not 100% sure about coming to see another physical therapist. What do you advise?

Thanks for listening, keep up the nice columns.”

– Amy, 53, Cupertino

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Now, this email got a LONG response from me and here’s a sneak preview of what I wrote back:

I get the impression that Amy is thinking this:

That every physical therapist is the same and every physical therapist provides the same treatment.

But it’s just NOT true. <====

Some physical therapists out there do very little hands-on style treatment.

Yet at PhysioFit, you can expect as much as 80-90% of your sessions to be done physically and by hand.

(Massage, stretching etc…)

That’s because it’s the FASTEST way to get you better, active and feeling healthy.

Problem is, it’s also the HARDEST.

(For the PT that is…)

It’s tiresome and pretty hard work, massaging and stretching as many as 20 people all day long.

And that’s why so many PT’s opt out of doing it.

Because it’s so much easier to just give you a few exercises and a bit of general advice.

But that’s what makes us VERY different – gives us the advantage and why so many people want to come and see us.

And why our physical therapy care that we’ve got waiting for YOU, really does work.

Perhaps, YOU are skeptical or “still on the fence” about physical therapy and are not quite ready at this moment to move forward with booking an appointment. You have some questions and you think it would be better to speak to someone at PhysioFit first (so you can be 100% sure about your decision).

Simply click here and fill out the short form to schedule a call. We will personally answer all of your questions over the phone completely for free.

Kim Gladfelter

Kim Gladfelter, PT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is a physical therapist and owner of PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness in Los Altos, CA. Kim's facility has a complete wellness center, offering classes in Pilates, Yoga, Gyrotonic® and TRX suspension training, as well as special clinical programs for women’s health. Kim works with people aged 30-65+ on a daily basis and is an expert Columnist who writes health articles for the Los Altos Town Crier newspaper, professional newsletters and blogs nationwide. She also reaches out to the local community, support groups, schools, libraries and sports centers to advise and educate on body awareness and exercise for back pain.
Kim Gladfelter

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