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After I graduated high school I was involved in a pretty bad car accident that really damaged my knees. After months of physical therapy and different procedures, I was discharged from treatment feeling better but no where near my normal self. Over the years, I’ve become accustomed to the knee and joint pain that I’m left with and there are many things that I can’t do because of it. I can’t sit in back seats of cars for long periods of time, (I need to keep my knee stretched out). I can’t squat down on my knees and if I do, someone better be nearby to help me back up. It’s definitely had an effect on what I can and can’t do at times. I’ve jokingly told my husband that I’m going to need knee replacement surgery at some point in my life but deep down I really know its not a joke and that will be something I need to face.
I’ve had the opportunity to talk to people in the past who’ve had it done and heard first hand what a difference it makes.
I think about it all the time, especially when there are things I want to do with the kids but I have to hold back on. Just a few weeks ago we spent a family weekend in the Poconos and since the weather was gorgeous we spent a lot of time outdoors exploring and hiking. One of the paths was a steep incline and I knew if I made it down the hill, climbing up would be an issue for me.
My family understands my knee issues and knee pain and it was my oldest who actually called off the hike at the point. Even he knows what I can and can’t handle.
Now that I have a toddler, I want to be able to do more with her and my oldest. I don’t want to be held back on activities and family memories because of knee pain. I’m ready to “hit play” on my life and look into the possibility of knee replacement sooner rather than later.
When you suffer from hip or knee pain, like I do, life can feel like it’s stuck on “pause” and you’re missing out on time with your loved ones. To many times, even in everyday life, the pain can make you tell yourself, “I’ll just sit this one out” or, “I’ll catch up with everyone later” and believe me, I know this all too well. Ask yourself how often joint pain is actually impacting your life.
If you or someone you love suffers from hip or knee pain, check out this video and the physician locator at the end to get the conversation started with your doctor.
To hit play on your life or to find a physician in or area who can talk to you about potential solutions for your hip or knee pain visit www.TimeToHitPlay.com for more information.