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Re: Total knee replacement
« Reply #100 on: November 04, 2019, 07:53:34 PM »
An ACL deficient knee can certainly act like that.  Knees that are “too loose” after injury have that kind of sYmptomatology.   The abnormal slipping and sliding within the knee wears the cartilage out.
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« Reply #101 on: December 31, 2019, 02:21:52 PM »
I appreciate the professional information in this thread! (FWIW, I bought a table saw from a guy in MD just before the holidays, Temple Hill, MD. He was a guy on a heart pump and recently the transplant list-lucky me!
My knees never bothered me through much sports activity, 10+ yrs military and hard labors of various kinds-industry & agricultural.
The bad part kicked in when my step stool sank in the FL sand on one side last winter while loading our mtn bikes over my head on the rack. I compensated and tore outside meniscus on left knee. It self healed nicely while we were there, honestly it "liked" bicycle riding immediately after and self healed as had my diagnosed torn meniscus in my rt knee many years back around age 50-55.
Then I tripped in the woods on a hidden limb under a bunch of leaves, then I strained it and went to the doc, got a cortisone and all was well after each of the 3 shots, 3 months apart. I'm due my 4th on 1/13 and it won't come soon enough! I was moving some very large rocks using  FEL forks to widen our main private road and strained the knee and PA said I had shredded the meniscus on the inside this time. Originally the doc said I was a great candidate for a cleanup endoscopic procedure, then the xrays/MRI showed osteo and all that was off the table. I don't know if it was osteo alone or a combo of my age and Medicare rules? Pa suggested I need the doc this Jan visit as I might just be near a new knee. My knee has definitely loosened and become more prone to trickyness since the first shot. I wear an elastic sleeve which aids stairs and kneeling which has become hard to do. Swelling comes after a day on my feet.
Web info lays out the parameters of PT and so on but I've seen some PT a knee pretty quick and others who bitched and moaned and refuse to get their 2nd knee done.
At 76 I am fortunate to have an active life style, mtn bikes, hiking, farm stuff, sawmilling, lifetime woodworker and motorcycle rider, and more. It was only in late May that I did a hike up and down a 7K mtn in NC with a son, so this knee thing has snowballed on me!
It was suggested by my doc to look into plasma treatments- the Tony Delk Center offers them in that same city. I think its ~ $1,800 now, out of pocket. Mike
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« Reply #102 on: February 21, 2020, 10:00:34 AM »
My knees are starting to bother me.  Not overweight at all, in fact very slim and trim, but the signs of trouble are undeniable.  I have no idea what it is but something is going south in both knees.  I'm an active sort of person so I immediately suspect osteoarthritis....but I ain't sure of it.  Because it is early days, I have not seen a medical person for this issue yet.  But I have the strong feeling I will need to do something.  I can have pains, but I don't get stiffness so far.

Tell me this though....if/when knees are replaced..and since I don't even know what's wrong with mine, for the sake of this discussion, let's just say I would need total knee replacement.  So....doing one knee at a time (I assume-again, no idea how this goes), how laid up are you?  Are you just in a chair?  How long before you're half-way back to normal activities?  It is this recovery period...and its attendant lack of exercise, that really concerns me about getting these operations done.

doctorb, one additional question if you see this;  I once heard that walking backwards was good for the knee and its troubles.  Do you support this idea?  I do lots of personal PT on steps, including much backward stairs-climbing.  It really pumps the legs.  I do wonder if it is also supportive of the knee joints, as I was once told.  Thanks

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« Reply #103 on: February 21, 2020, 10:41:27 AM »
Read Knee Repacement to see how a super-human recovers in record time! ;)
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« Reply #104 on: February 21, 2020, 12:23:01 PM »
Thanks ljohnsaw..and yes, I do read bits of that thread.  I note our friend is still struggling.  I'm scared to death of what this is going to do to upend my physical regimen.  A lot of time being laid up, sitting on me butt...is not something I relish.

This life is a trap;  Be inactive and become weak and overweight....be active and have your parts wear out!  I'm in the later group.  Then, as you get those parts replaced, you are forced into inactivity which sets up the next injury.

I may just try to tough it out for as long as I can.  It's the kind of stuff where you start to feel pains when climbing and going down stairs, etc....but 
I do a ton of that purposely as exercise.  As I'm not diagnosed at this time, I'm not sure I can make a valid comparison with MM's situation.

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« Reply #105 on: February 21, 2020, 06:00:15 PM »
First step is to tell your family doctor/general practitioner and let them advise you, treating yourself when you don't know what's wrong may do more harm than help. Good luck!
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Re: Total knee replacement
« Reply #106 on: February 21, 2020, 07:43:57 PM »
No doctor/Surgeon is going to do anything that has not been confirmed by a X Ray, an MRI or a CT scan.  Any procedure including the test will have to be approved by your insurance before anything will be done.

Some surgeons will do both knees (at the same time), and some will not.  I personally know 3 people that have done both with no regrets.
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« Reply #107 on: February 23, 2020, 10:17:58 AM »
Thanks fellas.  It's early days with me but it does not please me to see this on the horizon.  I go to the doc and all that stuff.  Just a new-ish situation developing.


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