Fixing knee pain

Knees have been a particular interest for me for ever since I had my first knee injury back in 1978.

At the young age of 16 I tore my right medial meniscus .

I remember not only the physical pain but the emotional distress of not being able to walk or do the normal things kids do.

I remember going down to Central Medical in St. Paul and seeing the Vikings doctor.  He checked my knee and said I had to have surgery.  That was a shocker and my first thing I thought was I hope this wasn’t going to ruin my sports career.

I rehabed it as best I could for what they did back then and 8 weeks later I was playing basketball.

2 years later I was just running down the court and went to catch a long pass and felt my whole right knee explode.

I knew at that moment something major happened and more than likely another surgery was needed.

This was prior to MRI’S, and they did not even know an ACL existed back in 1979.

Surgery was done again, tons of rehab completed, but my knee was still  unstable when I tried punt, play hoops or do daily activities.

I did everything I could but my career was cut short.  19 years of age and that was it.

I eventually had ACL repair which provided more stability, and has allowed for some better fucntion when I cross country ski.

Today after 4 knee surgeries I have much degenerative arthritis throughout my knee.

The reason I function fairly well with the knee is I do a lot of conditioning to keep my muscles around my knee, lower extremityes, gluts, and core strong. Adjsuting my spine and lower extremities helps keep my aligned, ARP, laser, and graston techniques work great also.

Stability is crucial.  I actually still do box jumps, kettle ball swings, one leg glut work, and a variety of strength exercises.  Speed and agility is also important.

If you have knee pain or chronic problems the worst thing you can do is sit home and do nothing.

You have to get out and move your body.

If you or a loved one has a knee issue that keeps you from enjoying life then an assessment by me is a good idea.  I’ve been through everything with knees and I know how to get people active again and keep them in the game of life.

The All-star game is upon us.  What a fantastic week for the Twin Cities.

I remember going to the first home run derby in 1985 at the Metrodome.  Dave Parker won it.  It wasn’t even televised back then and I think it was $10 to get in.  No the home run derby is bigger than the game and if you want a ticket you are going to have to pay $400.  Times have changed.

Growing up the all-star game was something I loved to watch every year.  It meant summer was 1/2 over.

Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Harmon Killerbrew, Robin Yount, Brooks Robinson, Vida Blue, Al Kaline, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson, were all some of my favorites.

Baseball in the summer was my favorite sport.  There is just something about summer baseball.  I’m still playing after all these years.  Wednesday night at Oakey Park the Oakey Owls will be playing at 7pm.  Come on down and enjoy some summer fun.

That’s it for this week.  Take action with your life and enjoy your life to the max!!  Dr. E

Mary and her dad. He just turned 86!

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