I met with Kristi at the YMCA Healthy Living Center for physical therapy today. She took me upstairs to try my knee on the bike. I was surprised it was relatively pain free. Then we tried some other exercises. One of the ones that really pushed my luck was standing on one leg on a balance disc. My hips are so twisted that to have the least amount of pain in my knee, I had to stand sort of sideways.
Kristi believes my hips are a big part of the problem. The way they align, when I lay down my feet go out to the side instead of staying straight up and down, like normal people. She did a lot of stretches and realigning to work on that. One area that stretched as well was my left calf, which has also become a problem. She said that is because it's trying to make up for the weakness in my knee. It's a busy place in my left leg. LOL.
After I was done with PT it was on to the pool for a workout. You wouldn't believe the amount of effort it takes to move weights through water or do crunches in the water. It's pretty cool and by the time I am done I know I have worked out.
Yours in Health,