This may sound crazy but I suggest knee-pain suffers find an Eastern (Chinese or Japanese) chiropractor who incorporates work on your feet. You’re looking for someone who applies pressure to your soles, heels, outside calf, inside thigh, outside thigh (adjacent to hip), and even right side of abdomen.
I’m 57, male, avid cyclist. Nine months ago I had THR (right side, anterior procedure). I was pain-free after the surgery. I completed physical therapy exercises while I reduced my exercise routine to nearly nothing. No more 100 – 150 miles per week on the bike. I was resigned to not wanting to wear out my new hip joint too quickly.
A month ago, after walking briskly through long terminals at the airport, my knee was so painful I couldn’t put weight on it. My orthopedic surgeon took another X-ray and said everything looked good. I enrolled in physical therapy again – the PT said my issue sounded “nervy” and that he didn’t know how to help me after watching me walk on a treadmill (almost pain-free). So, I returned home, climbed on the stationary bike and spun for 30 minutes. Big mistake. I couldn’t walk w/o a cane. I went to a “regular” chiropractor after that – no help.
A few days ago I visited a chiropractor who incorporated Eastern philosophy into his practice, which is way of saying he did things that made no sense when measured on the scale of Western medicine. He applied pointed pressure to my right foot and at points on the right side of my body. VERY focused and intense finger pressure.
When I left his office I forgot my cane. I still “felt” my knee. Yes, it was weak. But it didn’t collapse under my 177 lbs.
Now, when I walk, I’m aware of micro-adjustments I was making (since original post-surgery PT?) while walking. I work on posture. Sometimes when starting to walk I still “feel” my knee but I am able to walk w/o pain. I believe my original hip degeneration caused my body to compensate in ways of which I wasn’t aware, and that those minor corrections, cumulatively, manifested in my sudden debilitating knee pain and pelvis that was slightly torqued to one side.
I see my “Eastern chiropractor” again in two weeks. He’ll work on the other side of my body. In the meant time he wants me walking barefoot when possible, and in sand if possible.