My Sister’s Knee Pain

Last year my older sister, Cukie, was in very good health-eating right, maintaining her weight, and exercising daily at home. One day she fell off her exercise equipment and twisted her knee. The pain was excruciating (and she used some not-so-kosher language). Even though she could walk short distances, using her sore leg during her daily activities soon became impossible (and guess who she kept calling to do all her chores and errands). Cukie made an appointment with her physical therapist. The therapist reviewed her medical history, conducted a thorough examination, and consulted with Cukie’s physician regarding the need for a series of X-rays to ensure no bones were broken in the fall.

Consultation with an orthopedic surgeon confirmed that there were no broken bones and no need for surgery. Cukie’s physical therapist developed a program of strength training and functional exercises to increase her hip, knee, and ankle muscle strength and endurance. The physical therapist also recommended electrical stimulation of the knee to increase her quadriceps (thigh) muscle strength.

By following the physical therapist’s regimen, Cukie decreased her knee pain, and her mobility improved dramatically. Regular ongoing strength-training knee exercises-and more careful use of her exercise equipment-have helped Cukie remain free of knee pain. (and me free of being her errand-boy).

Your physical therapist can evaluate your knee issues and help guide you to recovery.