Are you trying to figure out what is causing the pain on the outside of your knee, like Melinda?
Melinda called me worried about knee problems that she'd been suffering with for months. Melinda’s left knee would ache when she sat longer than 30 minutes. Then when she stood up to stop the discomfort would limp for 3 or 4 steps before she could walk normally. She said her knee just didn’t feel right when she first stood up but it would work itself out after a few steps.
She called me because she started to have difficulty going up stairs and was having to walk down the stairs sideways. Not being able to go up and down the stairs was interfering with her ability to do house work. She was willing to deal with not sitting or standing for long periods of time. However, now she couldn’t do her normal house work without help from her husband and kids. This was causing a lot of stress and resentment in her family.
During our first call Melinda was trying to figure out if her knee problem was really worth all the fuss of having recurring visits over several weeks. I could tell just didn’t want to be a burden to her family by adding another thing to the weekly schedule not to mention the cost. But she also really couldn’t just push through the pain any longer. I simply asked her how long she’d been dealing with knee? After a long pause she said longer than 6 months and it's steadily getting worse.
Isn’t that just amazing? We as moms would never let our kids suffer for 6 months with any discomfort but we will completely wear out our bodies to avoid burdening our family.
Finally Melinda agreed to just an evaluation to find the root cause of her knee pain. At the evaluation we found out Melinda was dealing with patella femoral syndrome, which is just a fancy way of saying that her knee cap was not tracking the way it should. As I was able to tell her all the things that were good about her knee you could see her visibly relax. Then I was able to show her where the issues were and what we could do about them. Melinda could clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel and wanted to start her healing process. We created a personalized plan which started by stopping her knee from aching and ended by improving her strength and flexibility to prevent this from ever happening again.
It has been a pleasure seeing Melinda go from not being able to sit for longer than 30 minutes to her being about to enjoy a full movie with her family. She is able to go up and down stairs holding full baskets of laundry without thinking about her knee at all.
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WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald