Well I’ve gone and done it, a couple of months ago I hurt both my knees pretty badly attempting to run after not doing so in a while. I’ve heard about a lot of woo when it comes to knee treatments, and I want to be ahead of the game when different suggestions are given by doctors.
Treatments we’ve tried (PT, ice, rest, and cortisone shot into the knees) are not working. Next we will have to try something else, and I see some weird treatments listed on the sports medicine guy’s website. Plasma therapy and such? I don’t know what is woo, and what is proven. I do want to try other things before resorting to knee surgery to clean out all the chipped cartilage and realign kneecaps, but I don’t want to try things that are not proven. I want to be informed when I have my next visit and they propose next steps. I hear even some of the surgeries done on knees are not entirely proven?
I can’t even do stairs, it’s pretty bad. Both kneecaps are screwed up. They both hurt and both make horrible noises like gravel is inside them. I have been doing the physical therapy exercises they gave me for three months exactly as prescribed. There was no improvement so 3 weeks ago I got a big cortisone shot under the kneecap of the worst knee. Again no improvement.
I just had to switch last month to a PPO insurance plan (husband started new job) so I’m waiting until January to get an MRI on the other knee which has gotten much worse doing the PT exercises! If I wait until January the $1000 knee MRI can go toward my insurance deductible for 2011. I’m not spending $1000 now to have a new deductible reset in January. I can wait 2 months and blow my deductible out for the rest of the year.
So does anyone have experience with knee surgery, knee treatment, and all the scams out there? When I even Google it, I get dozens of links to nonsense treatments. I recall reading about how sports medicine doctors were sometimes using unproven but expensive treatment on athletes and anyone else willing to pay for it? How do I know what’s proven, and what is either unproven or still experimental?