Hi I am a 46 year old women 5 ft 3 170 lbs. I had problems with my legs 7 months ago but they were resolved with steriods. I was able to walk but not as fast. The xray just indicated a little arthrities and maybe i hame shin splints. After being with a physical trainer at the yMCA I couldnt walk. My xrays showed severe cartliage detoration and in my left knee is painful and I cant walk. I feel the PT did not follow my health issuesand made things worst where now there is bone on bone and steriods don't work. I went to a surgeon bcause my doc thought I needed surgery. This surgeon is known to be conserative and told me Im too young for a knee relplacement and lets try those rooster shots. I tried one and now i am in severe pain and can't walk. Do I need to wait longer bcause og age. People had them younger then me. I cant walk and I am gaining weight due to no activity. I cry at night for the pain all day. And isnt the PT should have not aggrevated my problems that I had before to now no cartirigde.
saw my doc who refered me to a ortho surgeion. I feel that my doc would have not sent me to a ortho sureion unless i needed it bcause i hate going to other doctors unless needed
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I'm sorry that you are having this problem with your knee.
It is unlikely that the PT made your arthritis progress from moderate to severe bone on bone. This doesn't happen overnight.
It sounds like the steroid shot worked from 7 months ago. That is a good sign.
Is your arthritis in the medial (inside) or lateral (outside) compartment of your knee only?
Usually arthritis starts on one side first. Are you bowl-legged or have knock knees?
If you have arthritis in one compartment of you knee rather than both and you are this young then you may be a candidate for a bony procedure called a osteotomy of the tibia or femur. What this can do is to offload the bad compartment of your knee to relieve the knee pain.
Regarding the rooster shot - you are in a lot of pain after it? When did you have the shot?
Which one did you get? There is a small incidence of inflammatory reaction and/or infection after that shot. If you are in worse pain and cannot walk after that shot then you should get checked out to make sure you are not having a reaction. You should not be in pain all day and night.
Please let me know some of these answers so I can help you more. Unfortunately your issue of gaining weight with inability to exercise is a common problem. There is no good solution but I can say that all weight loss must start with a good diet complemented by moderate exercise. Are you able to swim or bike without pain? Those are both non-weightbearing exercises that are easy on the knees. Thanks.