Lynda has joint pain and hip stiffness

June 20, 2016

For the past year and a half I have experienced joint pain and stiffness in my hips, knees and back. I do have some degenerated discs in my lower back (diagnosed about 25 years ago) I did tear the ligament across my left knee, 30 years ago, and was told by a physio I had the start of arthritis in my right hip (about 6 years ago).

About 2 years ago I was fit and did yoga classes twice a week, spin twice a week, and one to one gym session twice a week.

I had a year off and now back doing two yoga sessions a week – even these are a struggle now with my joints. I walk about 1.5 hours a day with my dog.

I have seen a chiropractor who has not helped, the doctor says it’s the menopause (I have no other symptom). I am 53. Any advice appreciated

June 20, 2016

Hooray for the doctor, hooray for the chiro, hooray for the degenerative joints, arthritis, torn ligaments and lastly for the menopause – for which I know very little, but do “get” it’s interaction with lots of differing physical symptoms.

You sound like a pretty normal, upstanding, 53 year old lady – all of the above changes are totally NORMAL, they do not necessarily equate to pain or dysfunction. However they are really easy, brush off comments which are bandied around because everyone has heard of these medical diagnoses, and they kind of fit your symptoms.

Not in my book…

Symptoms are just that – a collection of features that matter to you, the patient. It’s up to us/me to work out why. Getting older is a normal process – it’s not a painful one.

Yoga seems a really sensible place to start, but doesn’t seem to be helping – and there has to be something in this. Either you are doing far too much, far too soon – the body hates going from nothing to doing too much in too shorter period of time. It just can’t accommodate for the change or deal with the excessive load changes. Or, the type of Yoga you’re doing is too extreme and trying to push your body where it wasn’t designed to be pushed too. Or, it’s exploiting your natural weaknesses and not replacing the losses with any strength or stability gains.

Exercise, is the right way forward. The proof is massive – we just need to find what’s right for you, excluding what was said at the start.

Let me know what part of the country your in and I’m sure i could get you in front of the right person to show you what you need to do, to get to where you want to get to.

You’re fully motivated, what’s not to like?!

The Guru

Six Physio

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