Physical Therapy

@hdc4free (264)
United States
June 21, 2011 11:12am CST
My husband recently started physical therapy for arthritis in his knee which has been giving him a fit over the last year. Well it's only been about 3 months but I am absolutely amazed at the difference in him! This place he goes lets him go in on his own to use the equipment and do exercises and he also does 1 on 1 sessions with a therapist about once week. For a guy who has never been into exercise at all before, they are helping him so much and he exercises 4X a week now, is losing weight and the pain in his knee slowly but surely seems to be getting better. WOW!! Well I wish he had listened to me a long time ago about exercise but I am so happy the amazing effect physical therapy had! Anyone else try it? I went years ago for a back injury but I didn't have a very good experience, so I'm really impressed with what they are doing for my hubby!
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@SIMPLYD (81469)
• Philippines
24 Jun 11
My husband too went through many sessions of physical therapy for his sprained ankle, which caused him to limp for how many months whenever he walks. He had it two times a week for almost two months and was amazed that it corrected his sprained ankle. He now walks without a trace of a limp, and can go with us to attend mass in a church on top of a hill, which we would enjoy walking.
@hdc4free (264)
• United States
24 Jun 11
Congrats! I bet it's so great to have him able to walk around with you again! I am really pleased how much more my hubby has been able to help around the house and in the garden since he started physical therapy. :)
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Jun 11
hddc4free I agree. I had a bad fall the day after Vaentines day and broke my nose and blacked my eyes, but worse yet ruined my right knee. I am 84 and have arthriits in both knees. that fall made my knee hurt so much I cou ld not even walk to the bathroom. i finally got my doctor to get them to send me to the rehab hospital. I had physical therapy on my right knee from monday thru Saturday for the 20 days I was there. I was able to use a walker in a few days and by the time I had run out of my insurance payment I was able to walk with a litle pain but not like before at all. My knee had been hugely swollen aqnd now it was down to normal size. I try to do those exercises here now but do not always succeed.too much mylotting lol. but it w as marvelous as when I cqme to Care house I could not bear to walk on that right leg.I was also totally amazed as I felt I had ruptured some tendons or something as my leg was so painful. oh yes I had two of the blackest eyes one has ever seen.by the time I was well enough to come back here to Gold Crest my black eyes were a thing of the past. My fellow patients who took physical therapy with me all thought when i first came I had been in an auto crash, but no it was just falling face down on a very hard tile floor with concrete floor under the tile. Now with my walker I do not think I will ever fall again, lol
@hdc4free (264)
• United States
24 Jun 11
Ouch, ouch ouch, that sounds so painful!! I'm so glad they were able to help you so well though that is really amazing! Now all you need are some exercises you can do while mylotting! LOL
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
21 Jun 11
i have gone to physio a few times in my life for different parts of my body and have liked the results. i have been a long supporter of physical therapy.
@hdc4free (264)
• United States
21 Jun 11
That's good news! I will definitely try it again next time I injure myself (which hopefully won't be for a long time, hah!)
@SheliaLee (2738)
• United States
21 Jun 11
Hi there! I am very much in favor of physical therapy as treatment for arthritis, injuries, etc. I have had it before for lymph edema and I have just finished treatment for problems with my right shoulder. I have had success each time. I'm still having pain in my shoulder but my doctor said it will just take time for it to get back the way it should. :)
@hdc4free (264)
• United States
21 Jun 11
Wow that is great it works so well for you! I definitely think the right exercises are a huge help, good job!
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
17 Jul 11
Some time ago, I was suffering from gaut, very painful. Most of the time it effects the knee joint, some times left side, some times right side. They say it comes from the food one takes which generates uric acid. Any way, gaut is very very painful, unlike any other type of physical pain. It is gone now. I am totally relieved of gaut for some time now. It was all as the benefit of "yoga meditation". Meditation relieves the mind and the body of stresses, and that helps in getting rid of gaut pain.
@agent807 (723)
• United States
8 Jul 11
I used physical therapy once as a teenager after being badly injured in a car accident for six months. Before that, I was a very strong kid, and played a lot of football and lift weights, they said to control my weight, but 'control my weight' ended up being a big muscle teenager. I had the crash at 17 and I weigh 215 pounds. Yes a big boy. Then went through a massive surgery, and came up a lot lighter at 140, but was very weak (for myself, I was probably a regular person). I went to physical therapy to regain my strength, and learn how to walk again, but I guess my body reacts well to heavy lifting since I had been doing it for so long before the crash. I remember my therapist having a hard time with me because I didn't lose as much strength as I thought, because I went right back to heavy lifting, but ended up going heavier. It drew attention to everyone at the place I was going because not many people lift those heavy weights. they were helping strengthen themselves to regain their mobility and health. I was regaining mobility, health, and strength, but they were dealing with a football playing monster. Lifitng like that everyday, and growing, and eating to grow. You can tell by where the stick goes inside of the plates when people lift. No one went as far down as I did. It was always a question if it was too much, but I was getting less tired, and eventually bored. I was basically bulking up while learning how to walk again, and ended up stronger than I was before the crash. By the time I was finished with the therapy, I had grown considerably, to the point people thought I took steroids. But my goal at the time was to walk across the stage at my graduation, and successfully did at 245 pounds of muscle. Not bad considering I was this weak person, and come out stronger. The therapist was probably sad to see me go, but glad at the same time because I wore them out with my levels of energy. I wished I had stayed away form the weights because I am addicted.