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We always kind of joke that bad knees run in my family. Both my parents suffer from knee pain, but for some reason, I thought I might be able to dodge that particular medical bullet. Sadly, about a year ago, I started having knee pain which didn’t improve. The things I loved like hiking, biking, heck, walking up and down stairs, became a painful endeavor. First thought was “dang, I’m getting old!”. My second was, I am too young to deal with painful joints. I decided to make some changes so that I could hit play on my adventures again.
Right now I’m working on losing the extra pounds I’ve been carting around. I’m not a medical professional, but even I know that extra weight has to be tough on your hip and knee joints. Not being able to take some hikes last year was a huge wake-up call for me and immediate changes were implemented. I also started moving more.
Both of these actions seem to have eased the pain up some. It’s not completely gone, but it’s improving which I’ll take as a good sign.
Much like a car that isn’t used, I believe our joints seize up from lack of use. Between weight loss and movement my knees seem to be getting better, BUT if they aren’t back to 100% by the end of the year I’m taking the next step and seeing if I’m a candidate for knee replacement as a way to continue doing the things I love…like washing elephants, hugging giraffes, hiking, biking and maybe some speed karting.
If you experience any type of joint pain I really recommend speaking with a specialist about your options and to see if you are a candidate for joint replacement. I know it’s probably just a matter of time for me. My Dad has had both hips replaced and is in need of knee replacements. Genetically the odds may be against me, but I will do what it takes to keep hitting play on my adventures!
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