knee OA - therapies to dodge or delay knee replacement
Hi Im 53 with ongoing knee OA due mainly to meniscus surgery in the 1990's. I am trying to ward off a knee replacement but not sure when to give up the good fight. One knee regularly swells up but not much pain - just weak and bloated. The other occasionally gives a twinge but fine really. MRI and X-Ray show both have little enough meniscus that both could be replaced so Dr's say to be led by my symptoms.
Im doing the right baseline stuff - a healthy mostly Mediterranean diet (live in Italy), rarely drink, don't smoke, I do strength workouts 2-3 times a week, outdoors a lot for swimming, easy walking. I was skiing regularly season before last, taking it easy I had a bit of pain but not this past season due to OA.
I don't have much hope for pills or supplements. Im prepared to work/suffer for a result. Currently focused on 45 mins of daily physical therapy following guidance (sometimes conflicting) from two online courses including kneesovertoesguy (e.g. backwards walking) and oldelpaso on you tube
Anyone have any experience of the above or other suggestions which have actively halted or regressed knee OA? Should I just face the inevitable and replace to get quality of life - is replacement that bad?
Thoughts and experiences welcome.
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