My amazing patient, Tim, has been in a lot of pain for a long time. Tim came to see us earlier this year for help with elbow pain and knee pain.
His elbow pain was a result of typical wear and tear from building homes and performing ranch work over the past 10+ years. Swinging a hammer became increasingly unbearable for him. His primary care physician began cortisone steroids injections to help relieve the pain. They helped at first, but the pain kept coming back, worse than before, and the cortisone shots became less and less effective.
Recently, Tim developed pain behind the knee from this same work. On a typical day of several trips up and down the ladder, he tweaked his knee and has been in pain ever since. Tim really wants to stay active, and he usually starts every day with a 3-mile walk – unless pain flares kick in. On those days, he is not able to enjoy his walks and not able to work.
Before he was referred to me, Tim had seen other physicians that told him he needed surgery. A surgeon explained that Tim’s only solution for his elbow was to have surgery, which involved grinding down the elbow to reattach the ligaments, sowing them to the bone, and leaving him in a sling for eight weeks.