FEELING GREAT: Easing the pain the kneesy way...

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Let me tell you a story about Richard who is a 57 year old business owner from Guisborough, who has two grandchildren and loves nothing more than exploring the great outdoors with his three dogs in his spare time visiting new places - his favourite place is Roseberry Topping!

In his mid-40s Richard damaged his knees climbing a lot of steep hills. He wasn’t alarmed at first, but when his knees didn’t seem to get any better, he found him self restricted by the pain which meant he couldn’t get outside of a weekend to walk the hills with his dogs like he once did.

At first he went to see his doctor to see what could be done - they just prescribed him some pain medication and a few weeks of rest.

A month on, and there was still no improvement, so Richard booked another appointment with his doctor, who again advised more rest and to avoid walking for more than 10 minutes at a time for at least a few more weeks. But his knees didn’t improve.

Richard was still restricted by the pain, so much so that even walking around the house was becoming difficult to do.

A few months passed and he was beginning to wonder if his knee pain would ever heal, especially as the Doctor’s recommendations didn’t seem to be helping.

He’d had enough and went back to his GP one more time, raising his concerns that something must be able to be done to make life easier as he wasn’t able to even walk 10 minutes down the road with his dogs without being in some kind of pain and having to turn back.

He was told his knee cartilage had been damaged from all of the steep hill climbing he’d been doing for years, and that if moving around the house is hard to do, then maybe he should consider moving from a two story house, to a bungalow.

Can you imagine being told that you might have to consider giving up your home and moving somewhere else as a solution to your knee pain and discomfort?

Richard didn’t want to even look into doing that without exploring every other option available to him. He’d had physiotherapy once before but was sceptical as the exercises didn’t seem to make much improvement, but when he decided to give physio another go, we helped show him that life really is possible without the curse of annoying knee pain that can rob you of your independence…

So how did we help Richard get back to living an active life where he could return to taking his dogs out for long walks in the countryside? We helped him get moving!

But we didn’t just give him any old exercises to get on with… We designed a programme specific to him and his needs.

We started slow, with gentle walking and strengthening exercises, building him up to using the stairs, and walking further for longer, and a combination of massage techniques and acupuncture to ease the pain.

So, although it may feel like knee pain is something you’ll have to learn to live with and might not be able to be as active as you once were - that’s not always the case.

Don’t just accept rest and taking painkillers as your only solution.

Announcement: If you want more information to recover from Knee Pain, I have decided to create an educational workshop even live at my clinic. It’s a FREE Knee Pain event hosted by one of my best physios for all past patients, their family and friends.

It’ll last 60 minutes and it’s FREE. To make sure you secure your seat in time, give us a call on: 01429 866771 before Saturday October 1.

, and if you know anyone who is suffering at the moment and they could benefit from this, pass our number their way to help put an end to it, quick.

For more knee pain tips like this, click here to download our FREE tips report on quick and easy ways to help ease knee pain: www.paulgoughphysio.com/knee-pain