Can I ask your age? I am 60 and had an athlete's injury similar to a football player's - torn meniscus and Baker's cyst behind the knee and torn ACL .My otho refused knee replacement (said I was too young!) yet his assistant confided that I was the prime candidate for knee replacement. I did the knee scope and the injections. The injections only work in a small percentage of people, BUT - they worked for me. Thank goodness - I have also suffered with osteoarthritis since age 35. The pain comes and goes, and I was all but crippled until proper treatment.
Once I had the injections, which I think did more for me than the surgery, I was once again able to exercise and immediately lost 30 pounds. I refused physical therapy after a few sessions, since it is only for people who absolutely will not exercise on their own. Even the therapist said I would do fine with a program on my own, as I was very motivated and have exercised my entire life.
Running, step aerobics and any high impact exercise will not be in my future. The treadmill is an absolute NO for people with knee injuries. I had to trade mine in for a recumbent bike.
My injections were covered mostly by insurance. They are $1600 each and I have had 2 series of 4 6 months apart. They are usually the last step before a knee replacement. Again, they only work for a very small percentage of people.
| current weight: 137.0