MISSION STATEMENT: Welcome to my Blog! My goal with this blog is to inform and to inspire my sixty plus readers! You are never to old to exercise! Keep moving! All opinions, thoughts and statements are mine based on 69 years of living! Injuries and surgeries past and present will be discussed! If I recommend a product or a lifestyle change it is something that I myself have used or have experienced! All nutrients and supplements I recommend may appear to be harmless but please check with your MD! Some may interfere with your current medications! This blog will be ongoing! Posts will be made when I feel I have worthwhile opinions, thoughts and statements! I may go back and review past posts to make changes if I feel necessary! Before undertaking any exercise routine please check with your health care provider!






Friday, July 21, 2017

KNEE REPLACEMENT

After undergoing many non invasive procedures, as told in aforementioned posts to avoid knee replacement surgery unfortunately it may be inevitable! My MD's predict within twelve months! I am in constant discomfort 24/7! I was prescribed Voltaren Gel to ease the pain, after three weeks I chose to discontinue, no relief! Plus to many side effects for a person with my cardiac history! Arthritis is the main culprit, although I can do certain moves with very little knee discomfort I also believe I have extensive soft tissue damage! I do have meniscus issues! I have constant "pins and needles" in my feet and was told to see a neurologist because it's a nerve issue! I believe it's related to my knee issues! It was suggested I see an acupuncturist, I have my doubts! I have already spent $800.00 out of pocket for a PRP injection! Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

PRP RESULTS

I received a PRP injection Feb 23, in my left knee hoping for positive results to ease my discomfort, mainly due to arthritis but also contributing to the discomfort is a torn meniscus and a bone spur! It would take 3-6 weeks to fully realize any benefits! My doctor did advise me before I paid $800.00, my insurance did not cover the procedure, that it may or may not help! Unfortunately after 2 1/2 months as far as I can surmise the injection did not help! How would my knee feel if I did not receive the injection? The discomfort is still present! This is not to say it would not help you! Every case is different, every person is different, every knee is different!

Friday, March 3, 2017

PRP

After undergoing Suparz injections, cortisone injections and Orthovisc injections , previously posted, to alleviate my left knee pain with no noticeable results, my last resort was injections of PRP, also known as Platelet Rich Plasma! It was done on Feb 22, it takes 3-6 weeks to fully feel the effects and you are not guaranteed positive results! Your blood is drawn and put into a centrifuge where the blood is separated into plasma and platelets! The platelets were injected into my left knee to promote the healing of injured tendons, muscles and joints! The whole process takes less then an hour! The injection itself is a very long 30 seconds, give or take a few seconds! It is not pleasurable, regardless of what you read! The next 3-5 days your knee is sore! I will report the results in several weeks! Just to let you know my insurance did not cover the procedure, some insurance companies do! I will appeal and hopefully recover some of my $800.00 out of pocket expense!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

ORTHOVISC

After months of discomfort due to a torn meniscus, a bone spur and arthritis I  elected to receive  injections of Orthovisc into my left knee! It is made from natural hyaluronan which is similar to the fluid that surrounds the joints in your body! It was a series of three injections, my last one was two weeks ago Friday! Update: Unfortunately the injections have not helped  to ease the discomfort! I will explore other remedies but I honestly feel surgery is on the horizon!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

BONE SPUR

Another malady has visited my left knee visiting friends Arthritis and Torn Meniscus! His name is Bone Spur! When I kneeled the discomfort on my left knee was more then usual so I made an appointment for an X-Ray and even an untrained eye such as mine could easily spot the spur. A bone spur or osteophyte is basically an outgrowth of bone caused by stress or rubbing! Bone spurs also are a part of the aging process! My bone spur apparently was caused by my arthritis in my knee! At the moment my treatment consists of stretching, pain relievers, and possible injections of natural lubricants! Surgery to remove the spur will be an option and a total knee replacement to correct all of my knee issues may be in the distant future!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

ARTHRITIS

"It is a disease for old people! It's many years away"! This is what I told myself! The time has arrived, I am old and I have arthritis! It is an inflammation of the joints, in my case it has affected my knees! The cartilage between the joints is being worn away. It is painful! My knees are stiff and lack flexibility. At times it hurts to walk! The cause is probably from the physical stress from years of running and of course aging! Although I know people my age with no problems from arthritis and they are running all the time. There maybe a possible genetic connection!
I do special leg exercises to strengthen surrounding muscles and to increase the range of motion! I also do stretching exercises as well! I take anti-inflammatories to ease the pain! Sometimes I wear a knee brace! Since I cannot run I swim, a great exercise that engages practically every muscle!

Friday, August 5, 2016

SLAP TEAR

Having posted about persistent shoulder issues over the past year another diagnosis has been made! No longer is it a shoulder impingement which was the first diagnosis! After another MRI, the first one had very poor resolution according to my orthopedist, the re-diagnosis is a SLAP Tear! SLAP is an acronym for Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior! The good news: no rotator cuff issues! Your upper arm fits into a socket called the glenoid, the outside edge of the glenoid is the labrum, a strong fibrous tissue that helps stabilize the shoulder joint and also serves as an attachment point for many of the ligaments of the shoulder, as well as one of the tendons from the biceps muscle in the arm! Hence my earlier self diagnosis of bicep tendonitis! The cause in my case is probably repeated overhead motion and the wearing down with age! The symptoms of SALP tears are very similar to other shoulder problems: pain with movement, pain with lifting, a decrease with shoulder strength, decrease with range of motion! My treatment will continue to be physical therapy, gentle stretching, over-the-counter ibuprofen or naproxen and common sense which I need to heed at the gym! My doctor told me that arthroscopic surgery will be my decision! If my SLAP Tear interferes with my lifestyle or the pain increases I will have it done!
I knew something was wrong beside an impingement, impingements do not last a year! KNOW YOUR BODY! I was told many years ago I had a rib strain, I insisted the doctor take another x-ray  from another angle, the final diagnosis- a cracked rib! If something appears out of the ordinary go to the doctor and don't be afraid to speak up!