• at July 08, 2018

    Hi folks, I have been having a lot of issues with both of my knees. It has actually been going on for several years. It always seems to subside after a few weeks and typical of me, I simply forget about it and carry on.

    Lately, it flared up again. This time it seems worse. I decided to see my doctor, who sent me to an orthopaedic surgeon. He sent me for an MRI and it found that I have a torn meniscus and there are bits floating about!

    He suggested a few things. He said I could try physiotherapy and in fact, he recommended it more than the other two. The other couple of things he mentioned were an injection every few months or a knee replacement.

    He did say I may want to consider the knee replacement later on, but he did not think I should consider it immediately.

    Has anyone here had similar issues? Did you go for knee therapy? What did they do and does it work? I am a little concerned because I will need to pay for it. I was told OHIP does not cover it. I wonder why. I would hate to fork out a few thousand dollars and still be in the same boat. Any thoughts?

  • at July 08, 2018

    Yeah, I agree, I wish OHIP would cover it too, but it is not as expensive as you think. I have been through physiotherapy for both my lower back problem as well as my knee problem. It does not cost thousands of dollars. It may cost a few hundred only, but it also depends on each person.

    When I went for mine, I had to go a few times, but the way it works is, you do the physiotherapy for a few times. Then, they give you instructions on doing the physiotherapy by yourself at home. Sometimes, you may not need to go back again. Other times, you may need to go in once in a while. It all depends on each patient right?

  • at July 08, 2018

    Oh wow, that’s a relief then! I can’t afford thousands, not right now. But did it work for you?

  • at July 08, 2018

    Oh yes! I feel so much better. But here’s my warning, because I speak from experience. It will take time and hard work. In fact, the time it takes is really annoying. It is boring because you have to eventually increase, which takes up more time. This was my only problem. The repetition is a killer (in terms of time) but this is what will improve your condition.

    My advice is, be mentally prepared and don’t give up. I go to a place called Chiro-Med Rehab Centre but I only go there rarely now, but I could ask them about OHIP or other insurance options for you.

  • at July 08, 2018

    No, it’s OK. I will call them myself. I appreciate your offer though.

  • at July 08, 2018

    No problem. Physiotherapy does work, but you must stay focused and diligent. Don’t be in a hurry. Always set time aside just for this, otherwise you will rush. And be patient. It may look like nothing is happening but you will eventually notice the improvement.

  • at July 08, 2018

    OK, I will keep that in mind. Thank you for all the advice. I will call that place for advice.

  • at July 08, 2018

    You’re welcome. Now, if you don’t mind, I have to do my physiotherapy. I can’t stay here and chat with you all day.