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  • #16
    Several have mentioned using surgeons specializing in sports medicine. My experience may not have been so good.

    My knee has given me pain in exercise since I damaged it in a car accident as a nineteen year old. Until I got into my sixties the pain was more of a minor annoyance. But, jogging now has become almost impossible, I'm limited to walking and non impact type activities.

    I consulted with a sports medicine doc associated with the clinics connected with the local university medical school. He x-rayed and noted the almost total lack of cartilage. He said I was a prime candidate for knee replacement and was amazed I wasn't in constant pain. I'm not in pain except when running. So he advised if I wanted to postpone the surgery but still run I should dope up on pain killers and go for it.

    That has to be about the dumbest advice ever. If I was the star quarterback maybe okay to do it for the team, but that's far from my situation.

    Anyway, I'm holding off from knee replacement and have been getting amazing relief with knee strengthening exercises advised by a chiropractor.

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    • #17
      If I had $5 for every happy soul who told me ya gotta have the best Doctor,
      and you MUST follow thru with the therapy dilligently..........

      I'd be ordering that double size Noga right now in stead of posting.

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      • #18
        Thanks all for your help and kind words.

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        • #19
          Back to the machining thing, I'd read that electron beam sintered 3d printed parts have taken some 60% market share in hip replacements worldwide. They make the part exactly for you, its done in a vacuum with no coolant contamination, and the titanium is spongy and porous so the bone attaches better. I wonder if we will reach the point where we can do that stuff in the home shop?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by garyhlucas View Post
            Back to the machining thing, I'd read that electron beam sintered 3d printed parts have taken some 60% market share in hip replacements worldwide. They make the part exactly for you, its done in a vacuum with no coolant contamination, and the titanium is spongy and porous so the bone attaches better. I wonder if we will reach the point where we can do that stuff in the home shop?
            Not me. I don't like the sight of my own blood!
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            • #21
              The meniscus repair I had this spring went well. My rotator cup deal was and is a hole lot worse

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              • #22
                Originally posted by DR View Post
                Several have mentioned using surgeons specializing in sports medicine. My experience may not have been so good.

                My knee has given me pain in exercise since I damaged it in a car accident as a nineteen year old. Until I got into my sixties the pain was more of a minor annoyance. But, jogging now has become almost impossible, I'm limited to walking and non impact type activities.

                I consulted with a sports medicine doc associated with the clinics connected with the local university medical school. He x-rayed and noted the almost total lack of cartilage. He said I was a prime candidate for knee replacement and was amazed I wasn't in constant pain. I'm not in pain except when running. So he advised if I wanted to postpone the surgery but still run I should dope up on pain killers and go for it.

                That has to be about the dumbest advice ever. If I was the star quarterback maybe okay to do it for the team, but that's far from my situation.

                Anyway, I'm holding off from knee replacement and have been getting amazing relief with knee strengthening exercises advised by a chiropractor.
                That's one reason I completely avoid pain killers. They hide the damage you're doing to yourself.
                Second reason is that if you have chronic pain (knee and shoulder for me), they make it hurt a hundred times worse when they wear off.

                I'm scheduled for knee surgery soon, and frankly it scares the crap out of me because I am a very 'mobile' person, long walks and bike rides are a very important part of my life.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by kendall View Post
                  That's one reason I completely avoid pain killers. They hide the damage you're doing to yourself.
                  Second reason is that if you have chronic pain (knee and shoulder for me), they make it hurt a hundred times worse when they wear off.

                  I'm scheduled for knee surgery soon, and frankly it scares the crap out of me because I am a very 'mobile' person, long walks and bike rides are a very important part of my life.
                  You should be looking forward to it instead of fearing it. You'll be much more mobile and pain free after the operation, assuming you do the PT.

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                  • #24
                    Maybe scared is not the best word, never had any kind of surgery so nervous about it.

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                    • #25
                      B Forest your doc sounds like the Knockenbreaker I went to when I pulled the discs on my neck he did all the footballers and did ok by me.Alistair
                      Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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                      • #26
                        Having just found this thread late, didn't read all the posts and so I don't know if this has been suggested. I have a torn meniscus and was scheduled for an aftermarket knee. VA canceled that and instead got a wedge for the inside of my footwear. The wedge helps by putting my knee in another attitude while walking or standing. It works! I still have some pain at times, but don't need the steroid shots and can walk, stand at my machines, etc. I used to need my left boot built up as that leg is about 1 1/2" short. The shoe repair shop retired and so I eventually quit using a Frankenstein boot on the left leg.
                        Eventually I will need that knee replaced but the wedge has put that time off until later. By then there might be a better knee or corrective device.
                        Krutch


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                        • #27
                          Definitely avoid drugs as much as possible. There are so many drugs that you can easily be prescribed but every last one of them has side effects that can be very nasty. Not all of those side effects are obvious such as the very many drugs that reduce platelet counts and the very many that alter brain operation in generally bad ways. I quit all but one of the drugs I was taking (well, 1.1) and it made a big positive difference. I no longer take an anti depressant because it is a platelet killer (all of them and all types are) and it turns out that by just changing my diet I am feeling even better than when I was taking the anti depressant. I still take codeine (and a tiny amount of modafinil) but that is for a reason that very few people experience, my severe idiopathic dysautonomia.

                          I have problems in all of my joints and tested positive for autoimmune arthritis back in the 90s but there is nothing for that I am willing to take and surgery is out of the question. Live and die with it is the only option.
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