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The knee report

I was formally discharged from physical therapy today. There's a note in my file so if my knees give me problems in the next 3-4 weeks, I can call PT directly. Otherwise, I'm done until and unless I get another referral from my doctor. Here's hoping I don't need that for a long time.

Overall, PT has been a huge win. My left knee is consistently pain-free. My right knee still has a twingy, achy spot, but it's an order of magnitude better than it was. An order of magnitude and then some.

Color me sold.

The PT didn't make the osteoarthritis go away, of course. It made it a lot easier to live with. It left me with stretches and exercises that should help me manage the remaining and future symptoms, and a better understanding of what's going on.

I can think of plenty of other ways I would have liked to have spent the $1,000+ that the x-rays, diagnosis, and PT ran. Actually, I would have liked to have not spent the money at all. But that wouldn't have alleviated the pain and made it possible for me to get moving reasonably well again. As unexpected expenses go, this one at least gave excellent value in terms of results.

Onward. And up stairs, even.

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kaffyr
Mar. 11th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
Oh hurrah! Take on those stairs!
gerisullivan
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Stairs and hillsides, too. Whoohoo. Up and down, both ways. Not without pain, but manageable. Bearable. That's such a win.
kaffyr
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
And we takes our wins where we gets 'em.
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gerisullivan
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Yes, keeping up the stretches and exercises is the real challenge.
iraunink
Mar. 11th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Hurray!
gerisullivan
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
jennlk
Mar. 11th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
Isn't PT wonderful? Even when it doesn't "make stuff go away" it makes it a lot easier to live with....

Go up those stairs!
gerisullivan
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Exactly! The PT made bunches of the "stuff" go away, and made the remaining pain and weakness so much easier to live with. Total win.
drpaisley
Mar. 11th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
Excellent news!
gerisullivan
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
smofbabe
Mar. 11th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
Yay for the ending of the expense and yay for exercises that will hopefully keep you pain free.
gerisullivan
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
Happy dance! Love your perfect icon!
bohemiancoast
Mar. 11th, 2011 09:31 am (UTC)
This is all very positive, isn't it?
gerisullivan
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Totally so. :-)
randy_byers
Mar. 11th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
More good news. Keep it coming!
gerisullivan
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
I hope to!
maruad
Mar. 11th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
Nice to hear the good news. Thanks.
gerisullivan
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
pameladean
Mar. 11th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Yay stairs!

P.
gerisullivan
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, yay stairs! And inclines, too.
batwrangler
Mar. 12th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
Yay!
gerisullivan
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Many thanks!

It's so good to have good news to share.
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