‘The Doctor said it’s bone on bone’ 🙁

‘The Doctor said it’s bone on bone’ 🙁

August 2, 2020

We will call him, ‘Jim’… a former patient of mine who I think of every time I hear someone tell me ‘the doctor said it’s bone on bone, I need a knee replacement.’ For years, Jim had been in pain. Throbbing knee pain, a grinding sound any time he would stand up from a chair, his back was always aching from walking funny, he had to wear a brace to help keep it from buckling. But there was nothing he could do that would give him relief longer than a few hours.  As soon as he was back up on his feet it would be hurting again. His daily life was significantly hampered from what it had been in years past.  He’d wake up ok, just stiff.  But by time he’d start walking the soreness would set in and stay. Injections helped, but only for a period of time.  He got them repeatedly until they just stopped helping. Today he is golfing 3x a week and can climb stairs without hearing his knee make noise. He is less irritable because he’s not in pain all the time and he doesn’t have to think twice before parking in the back of the parking lot.  He had finally gotten the knee replacement and he hasn’t regretted it since. I’m sharing this story with you because when I talk to Jim now, his only regret is he didn’t do it sooner. I want you to know that it’s worth doing and that support is here to make the journey back to pain free possible…  The reason Jim has regret about not doing it sooner is because he had put off the surgery for over 3 years before he just couldn’t bear the pain any more.  In those 3 years he had become way less active, gained weight and saw himself depressed as he wasn’t doing the things he enjoyed anymore.  His relationships and health suffered as he feared his situation wasn’t going to get any better.   The most common thing I hear people say when they finally get their hip or knee replaced after putting it off for years is “I should have done this sooner”. Like Jim, they end up taking pain medication daily, see themselves become sedentary and their quality of life decline.  They are overwhelmed by what they don’t know… How will I get around? Is therapy going to hurt? How long will I be out for?  Fortunately for Jim and many others like him.  We were able to help him prepare for the surgery and were with him the whole journey afterwards getting him back into top shape.  There are 3 big phases we guided Jim through:  First, we got with him prior to surgery to prehab… that is get strength up and pain down because the better you go into surgery, the better you come out.  We also helped Jim get his home set up safely with modifications to the bathroom and walkway so he’d be safe. Second, we rehabbed Jim until function was restored, getting him back to walking, climbing stairs and standing up from a chair pain free. Third, we continued on with Jim long after traditional therapy would stop, getting his strength, mobility and balance back to where they were before the 3 year decline… now he’s back on the golf course playing better than ever I hate to see people having that same regret as Jim.  I’m all about waiting and not having surgery if you don’t need it. Heck, I’m the guy that helps people avoid surgery half the time, but when it’s really needed and there is no other way… it’s best to get it done.  I always advise people that if it’s negatively affecting your quality of life and activity level, then it’s time to do something about it.  Trying to get back in shape after years of pain and being sedentary is very difficult.   So what is holding you back?  The pain, the decreased activity level and not being able to do the things you love aren’t going to change if you don’t do anything about it.  So don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back. Direct Orthopedic Therapy is here to journey with you every step of the way.  Our 3 Phase ‘Functional Strength Method’ will help you prepare and strengthen up prior to surgery, be with you shortly after surgery to begin rehab and continue on with you until you are back doing the things you love! If Jim’s story sounds similar to your own. I want you to go ahead and book a free discovery call with me…  On this call: 
  1. We will personally get on the phone together to determine what’s going on, how the pain is slowing you down, and what can be done to resolve it for good… 
  2. We will cover my 3 Phase ‘Functional Strength Method’, so you leave the session with the confidence of knowing what to do next… 
  3. We will assess whether I can help and whether you are a good fit for our course of treatment… 
  4. If it feels like a good fit, we’ll talk about what I do and how we can work together to resolve the pain… 
Book your call here: This free call has helped 100’s of people understand what’s going on and what they need to do to break the cycle of persistent pain and start getting results and has the power and potential to do the same for you.  To Your Health, Jonson Yousefzadeh PT, DPT, COMPT Owner, Direct Orthopedic Therapy

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