I bet it does!1. what are your pain levels right now?
Right now a level 4 but this is 75% of the time .... wears me down mentally
Ketoprofen is a topical NSAID and I don't know if you are aware of it, but it's just as hard on your stomach as oral meds, so be careful. You don't say you are taking any Tylenol - why not? It's the best non-prescription pain med available. Take 1,000mg 4 times every 24hrs. I think you will find that very effective.2. pain medications
Ketoprofen 10% & Lidocain 5% topical cream to numb burning and stiffness pain when present. Aleve (over the counter) 220mg, 1 for day time & 1 for night time
Not bad but you haven't told me the crucial bit which is how long for!3. how often are you icing your knee and for how long?
3-4 times per day
4. are you elevating your leg, how often and for how long?
while sleeping and now 2-3 times per day
Well, if your legs are still swollen (are they?) then you'll not get much better than that right now.Both legs are almost perfectly straight with mild effort left 100 and right 107
Okayactivity level? very light lifting of items, driving OK, walking around ½ mile per day
If the relief only lasts a short time then it's not beneficial.I am constantly doing manual massaging of the knees and small vibrator massages
Both of which give very good relief....but only last for very short times.
Very few. They tend to tie you into contracts (as I understand it) which give you very little room for manoeuvre. I think you should try the Tylenol I suggested earlier.Is going to a pain clinic successful and do many recovers do this ?
Well, here you go again! What kinds of stretching, walking and stair climbing? How much and how often? I really cannot advise unless you tell me everything! If you recall you were asked this at the startPT Session 3 times a week (1 day in the pool)
recumbent bike 10 minutes
toe and heel lifts 3 sets of 5
calf stretches 3 sets of 30 seconds
I usually do these at least once every day along with other stretching, walking, and movement and stair climbing, when they start to tighten up.
If youdon't help me I cannot help you. I am not psychic!7. what kind of PT/exercises are you doing? How much and how often? (and detailed details would be appreciated, please! Reps, sets and session and all that)
You accomplish nothing with 30 mins. To do any good it has to be at least an hour of each.I ice and elevate the legs about three times a day for 15-30 minute periods.
And here again - how often do you use the TENS and for how long?I also use a TENS machine which helps somewhat.
That's okay. Just take it gently.I have one flight of stairs (18 steps each way ) that I walk up and down usually 1 time a day.
Well just make sure this never ever causes you pain, okay?I stick leg straight out on top of second step and reach to and try to hold toes for 30 seconds 3 times each leg once a day.
Do you mean 10 reps x 3 sets? I think you'd be better doing these just one set of 5 reps each day. And again, never ever cause yourself any pain.On second step I bend each leg (90 degrees or more) 3 reps of 10 times each.
Gosh I never used it for only used it for 20 mins. More like 1-1½hrs. Have a look in here as see how I used the electrodes as well. You get a 'double wammy' with it that way. TENS machines for pain management. The trick is to never turn it up when the signal fades as that is when the machine is working at peak efficiency. But I rate TENS machines very highly. I've used them so much I've worn out three over the years! Now on my fourth.When pressure and pain are intense I use the TENS machine for 20 minute intervals on knees and above knees. I use the Tens machine when and as needed not on a predictable regular basis. But very rarely more than one time a day.
That's okay.recumbent bike 10 minutes
I'd say don't do these as they stress the muscles and don't actually contribute much.toe and heel lifts 3 sets of 15
3 sets of how may reps? 10? I'd just do one.calf stretches leaning forward, 3 sets of 30 seconds each
I'd also give this a miss for a while as it's also unnecessary stress.Walking on High school flat track for 1/2 mile daily (unless in pain)