Posted by: chlost | March 15, 2011

Dr. Doolittle’s pushmepullme begins to make sense

This week I had my first Physical Therapy session. I know that many others have had therapy like this. I have heard many stories about it. My sister is a therapist, and she encouraged me to ask the doctor to order it.

This session involved allowing a skinny kid with braces on his teeth pushing down as hard as he could on my knees. I swear, he nearly stood on the table to push down hard enough.  I am not kidding about the braces either. He has a little lisp from wearing plastic “invisible” braces.

I’m old. I’m tall. I’m horizontally challenged-that is the kind way of saying fat. I don’t know how this kid is going to be able to do anything with these knees. He will be getting as much of a workout as if he spent time weightlifting in a fancy gym. After he spent 45 minutes or so of pushing down on my knees in several different ways, then pulling on them as I sat on the edge of the table,  I had to get up and walk to my car.

Believe me, I am going to park much closer to the door next time.

I’m hopeful for good results. I’m realistic enough to know that it is going to take a lot of time and a lot of work. My left knee is bent at nearly a 20 degree angle. No wonder it is challenging to walk any distance. It feels good just to be doing something about it. Moving forward.

I hope I make it.



  1. You will.
    Just keep reminding yourself how much better your going to feel. Walks along the river with sunshine and flowers and birdsong, with no pain.

    • I’ll be happy just to walk easily down my driveway for the mail!

  2. I hope it helps. I had PT after I hurt my back years ago and I was astounded at how much it did for me.

    • I am hopeful. I hear wonderful things.

  3. It may take a little while, but you should feel some improvements before too long. Quite a few in our family, including my husband with his “frozen” shoulder, have benefited greatly from their physical therapy treatments. I hope they gave you exercises to do at home – that’s important, too. Cheering you on!

    • I’ve had 3 treatments, and it is going slowly. Thanks for the support!

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