I want to address a somewhat common scenario in many of my patients including people with knee and hip pain.
The story goes something like this. Progressively more aggravating pain that leads to a doctor's visit and an x-ray of the knee or hip (or maybe back/neck).
Resulting diagnosis of arthritis with a recommendation that it may eventually require a joint replacement, but not yet because you're too young or not in enough pain. And that's the end of it.
So now, the plan is hurry up and wait to inevitably get worse. If you've experienced something similar, I want to offer you some hope! While some conditions do eventually require surgery, many do not. And often, there is still room for improvement in the mean time.
By using specific techniques to improve space in arthritic joints, treating surrounding soft tissue (muscles, ligaments and connective tissue), and finding the best strengthening exercises that don't hurt, I've seen many patient's get back to or continue doing the things they want to do without significant pain!
Here's a video where I talk about some mindsets that keep people from getting the help they need!
3 things to stop doing if you have joint pain of arthritis
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