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knees buckling

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  • Posted By: tkotara
  • September 23, 2009
  • 02:43 PM

I am an 80 year old male with bad knees which I have had for a long time. I only take acetaminophen 500 mg for pain. I went to an orthopedic surgeon a couple of weeks ago due to my knees buckling. Both knees are buckling at the same time. The surgeon said I needed a total knee replacement for both knees, he offered no other treatment. My pain can be 10 on a scale of 1 to 10, but I am more concern that I am having the spells of buckling knees. After I went to doctor I was working in my wood shop and had several bad spells of buckling. I held onto the saw table until my knees were able to support me. I am not over weight. I put on some knee supports from the drug store and am wearing them faithfully every day. I went 5 days with out any buckling. My activities did not change. One the six day while wearing knee supports my knees buckled many times. These spells were very bad. If I had not of had the saw table to hold onto I would of fallen. Anyone out there have any suggestions. I enjoy gardening and my wood shop and I need to be able to stand and walk with stablity.

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  • I used to have that problem if I tried to do a quick run across the street. I would get a stabbing pain in the knee & then it would buckle on me. Sometimes I could catch myself with the other leg & sometimes the next step would cause a stabbing pain in the other knee & it would also buckle & I would fall. My mother-in -law suggested I see her chiropractor. He actually looked at my feet & knew that I would be having the problem I described above without me even telling him what I had come in for! He told me that my arches were too flat. He massaged & loosened up my feet and I didn't have the problem again for close to 5 years. Because he had told me what the problem was, I then put 2 tennis balls side by side in a sock with a twist tye holding them & while standing & holding onto the counter, worked my foot on them until I brought my arch back. Over the years every couple of years I start to get a mild stabbing & I know it's time to work my arches back into shape. It's been 38 years!
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