"pre surgery pyhsio"

About: Queen's Hospital, Burton Upon Trent

2 years ago I was on the waiting list for a knee replacement, I was in a lot of discomfort, very miserable and walking was painful and although I was only 55 I felt it was the right time and decision to have the surgery. I had a cartilage removed when I was thirty years old; recent pictures taken of the inside of my knee via keyhole was showing one half of the knee in reasonable condition the other half not so good. Prior to the planned operation I had physiotherapy to prepare my knee for the op, I also took up swimming to help build up muscle and I did specific exercises for the knee in the Jacuzzi. after about 6 weeks of continual physio, the inflammation in my knee was not so aggressive, I also came off strong pain relief and week by week I did feel a very noticeable difference to the time I could spend walking before I felt only some slight discomfort. It was obvious I had built up enough muscle to prevent bone to bone contact. I notified my consultant and we both agreed to postpone the pending knee replacement. 2 years later I am still with my original knee with manageable pain. People out their with knee pain don't fear the worst, get it assessed but don't rule out Physiotherapy, they are brilliant people who can help you back to a reasonable standard of health, but it is down to you in how much effort you put in, walking is not enough to keep your muscles around your knee in prime condition, you must do the correct exercises and it can be fun too, certain times in the week some swimming pools do exercise routines, I just do my own thing four times a week and all I can say is miracles do happen

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Response from Queen's Hospital, Burton Upon Trent

Dear Nigel Thank you very much for your kind words and for sharing your journey through Queen’s Hospital. We are sure it will be of great reassurance to others who may be nervous about coming in for the same sort of procedure. We very much appreciate your thanks and comments and we are glad to hear you were made to feel informed and well cared for by our colleagues at every stage of your journey. We will share your message with Orthopaedic and Physiotherapy teams. Kind regards PALS team

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