I'ts been almost 2 years since writing about my knee pain
, and I think it is time for an update! About a year ago I discussed my knee and lower back pain with my doctor. She recommended I see a physical therapist for my back, but before I could even make it to the first appointment I hurt my knee. Sadly it wasn't by doing anything exciting. I was simply sitting in a chair with my legs crossed over each other for an extended period of time. I felt a sharp pain on the left side of my right knee and knew I had done something wrong. I guess should have listened to my mother when she said to me as a child not to sit that way.
I didn't want to go to pt for my back when I knew I couldn't get everything out of it with an injury, so I waitied. I knew it was going to take some time to heal, but I didn't want to stop exercising all together. I discovered I could still go for walks, I just had to be careful of how quickly I moved and make sure not to turn my leg, since that would cause pain. Remembering what I had learned about strengthening muscles around my knee, after a week or so I added some light excersises like hamstring stretches, quad sets, and straight leg raises (which I found here
). A month or so later I finally stopped experiencing the sharp pain in the knee and knew it was time to start pt for my back.
The physical therapist who analyzed my pain explained she didn't think my knee and lower back pain were related. However she explained that the situation, which I believe is a common theme in my case, is caused by muscle weakeness. A few weeks later I was armed with several new exercises, and was still not experiencing knee pain. However I was and am still having lower back issues. They seem to be exacerbated whenever I try to up my exercise routine. I have only been doing this routine for about a month and a half, so maybe I just need to be patient. But I'm getting to the point where I wonder if exercise is not the answer to this problem, and maybe I need to try something else like acuptuncture before my doctor tells me I need to take pain killers for the rest of my life.
I'm curious if anyone has experience overcoming chronic pain. Does it take months or longer to recover after starting the right road to recovery? Or do you experience relief soon after you discover the right thing that works for you?
By: Notyetagolfpro: Sep, 11, 2013 22:12 PM
My mother, who was very conservative and generally skeptical of doctors, had bad knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. Someone referred her to a doctor who was originally from China and both an MD and a certified acupuncturist (living in NJ). He recommended acupuncture- and it worked! She never took drugs for it, just the occasional acupuncture treatment.
Admittedly this is just one person's experience, but perhaps worth investigating?
By: GaelForceWinds: Sep, 11, 2013 16:08 PM
When you really think about it, everything new takes a little getting used to. Whether its sitting a different way, or wearing heels (in my case I haven't worn them regularly in years), or starting a new workout routine. And if you think about it, once you get used to these new things, it starts to come naturally. We just have to be willing to make the commitment to change to that point.
I'm definitely willing to give sitting ergonomically a go, since it might be contributing to my pain. If it works I could be out of pain! And if it doesn't, well at the very least maybe people will think I'm more confident. :)
By: AmariT: Aug, 30, 2013 15:13 PM
My mom's office got chairs like that. Expensive, very ergonomic. Everybody hates them and thinks they're really uncomfortable to sit in. It's probably something you have to get used to since your body's grown used to sitting the wrong way.
By: MariaRoss: Aug, 29, 2013 17:40 PM
I'm definitely not quite getting that position down. I just adjusted my chair and am trying it out. My back isn't sure it agrees with this position, but that certainly isn't indicative of how healthy it is! My feet also aren't sure they agree with my walking shoes when I've been wearing high heels too many days in a row. Sometimes I feel certain that walking shoes should come with a higher heel.
By: GaelForceWinds: Aug, 29, 2013 14:40 PM
Maria, I was sitting criss cross style. Often times I sit with my feet under me like that because my feet get so cold! In my case I definitely agree with you that it does get much worse if you don't fix how you sit. In the past I've received advice about sitting ergonomically in front of a computer. I guess I just need to suck it up and buy some heavier socks to wear (and maybe a pillow to support my lower back) so I can have my legs out in front of me and my back straight like this
. Is this uncomfortable for you?
By: MariaRoss: Aug, 28, 2013 17:33 PM
Oh man, what kind of sitting were you doing when you hurt your knee? Was it like criss cross style
or normal crossed legs
? I sit terribly, and have some kne pain already but am always worried that it will get much worse if I don't fix how I sit. It's just not comfortable to sit straight up and down with my legs nicely next to each other though. Did your physical therapist give you any advice on the best way to sit?
No chronic pain yet (fingers crossed it'll stay that way!) so I'm sorry to say I can't help with your pain, but I'll pray for your quick recovery.