Surgery of No Benefit to “Older Knees”
If you’re thinking of having your meniscus repaired, you might want to think twice before going under the knife.
Researchers from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada analyzed seven different studies that included more than 800 subjects and determined that, for those of you “middle-aged and older,” there is no long-term benefit to knee surgery. They also discovered that there is no short-term or long-term pain relief after having knee surgery.
Pretty interesting stuff, but if you’re a follower of my blog for any length of time, you know that this doesn’t surprise me. Actually, what does surprise me is what they recommend to alleviate the pain.
But before I get to the treatment options, can we talk about those “middle-aged and older” knees for a second? I’m just curious…how do your knees KNOW how old they are? Seriously. Think about that for a second.
Did you know that your mind is the only part of you that knows how old it is?
Your knees have ZERO idea if they’re 18, 62, or 105. They don’t know when your birthday is. And not once have your knees stopped and thought, “Gee…I wonder how many clicks are on the old odometer?”
I promise you. They haven’t.
So today…PLEASE…can we all STOP attributing pain with age? I’d greatly appreciate it.
Now, on to those “treatment” options…
According to Dr. Moin Khan, lead researcher on the study, he suggests that , “Treatment with weight loss, anti-inflammatory medicine and physical therapy may be helpful for many patients.”
While these things may sound good, the truth is that they aren’t really doing anything to address the root cause of the pain. Should you lose weight? I guess you can, but if your knee pain is caused by excess weight gain, and only one knee hurts (or one hurts worse than the other), then how “fat” is the knee that doesn’t hurt?
Should you take anti-inflammatory meds, as Dr. Khan suggests? I think there’s a time and place for them, but all they are doing is masking the pain. You aren’t getting a true read on what’s happening in your body, and they aren’t addressing the root cause.
Now, let’s discuss physical therapy. I think physical therapy can be great, but my personal experience with it has been very symptom-driven. If your knee hurts, the vast majority of the time physical therapy focuses solely on your knee. While that might sound like common sense, it’s ignoring the root cause. Simply focusing on the site of the pain is the equivalent to your mechanic only swapping out a bald tire for a new one without ever making sure your car is aligned and balanced. You have to remember that the knee is very dependent on how the hip sitting above it is functioning. As the hip goes, so goes the knee. So, a word to the wise: If you ignore the hip, you’ll forever be dealing with knee pain.
If you’re wanting to get to the underlying cause of your knee pain and maybe…just maybe…avoid that surgery that apparently won’t help anyway, then you need to stay focused on your posture, your alignment. Specifically, you owe it to yourself to check out Egoscue. Trust me, I’ve seen thousands of clients eliminate pain while avoiding surgery. Believe me when I say that surgery is NOT your only option.
If you’re wanting to start today, you can download our Four Free E-cises right now. In addition, we offer free consults either in-clinic or via Skype. If you’re wanting to set up a free consult, you can email us at email@example.com. After all, what do you have to lose but your pain?
QUESTION: What has been your experience with knee pain?