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Old 05-10-2018, 02:35 AM
 
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My hubby is going for physical therapy due to a hip operation. He is doing 'ok.' But recently the knee on his other leg began really hurting him, and the therapist is telling him that he has to work through the pain. The doctor who did the surgery says it's arthritis, but he never had it before his hip operation. My question is: is it normal procedure for a so-called expert to say you gotta work through the pain? In the case of my husband, the doctor said he had osteoarthritis in the knee after taking an x-ray. So I wonder: is it the normal medical treatment to "work through the pain" with osteoarthritis, thinking it will get better? Somehow it doesn't seem quite right to me.
I'd talk to the Dr. about what this PT person is saying. Working through the pain might be in reference to the hip replacement treatment.....do you attend the sessions with your hubby? It may be helpful.

I'd start with your family Dr. your gut instinct to check is the right one.
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Old 05-10-2018, 03:19 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Pain is useful information. It's your body telling you, don't do that.
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:09 AM
 
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Pain is useful information. It's your body telling you, don't do that.
^^THIS^ is the valid answer and reasoning.

I had a gustop style therapist rant that "no pain no gain". and sure enough I gained a Pulled ligament and the pain of having to get surgery to fix it. My Doctor DID say that I should have ceased when the PAIN kept perpetuating...

As we age we have less cushion between the joints . The Pain is from the bones hitting directly without the ligaments to add cushion.
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Old 05-10-2018, 05:09 AM
 
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OP - I am a PT, and I never tell my patients they have to "work through the pain". They may have a little bit of discomfort or feeling of being stretched, but nowhere near being in pain. I don't know your husband's medical history so I can't really offer advice, but I'd definitely look for another PT if I were you.

My rationale for not working through pain is very simple: I see most of my patients a couple of times a week, and the rest of the time I trust them to do the exercises on their own. If the exercises cause pain, my patients will skip them and that would defeat the whole purpose of physical therapy.
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Old 05-10-2018, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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OP - I am a PT, and I never tell my patients they have to "work through the pain". They may have a little bit of discomfort or feeling of being stretched, but nowhere near being in pain. I don't know your husband's medical history so I can't really offer advice, but I'd definitely look for another PT if I were you.

My rationale for not working through pain is very simple: I see most of my patients a couple of times a week, and the rest of the time I trust them to do the exercises on their own. If the exercises cause pain, my patients will skip them and that would defeat the whole purpose of physical therapy.

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Old 05-10-2018, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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If Ibuprofen or Naproxen don't work, the alternatives are terribly addictive and MD's have become very sensitive to this.
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Pain is useful information. It's your body telling you, don't do that.

Yes, it's useful and I don't know too many in this world who don't have it...even my grandkids in their early years are already experiencing pain with all their sports...BUT excessive and to keep pushing, I don't think so, the body is screaming rest it.
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Bloomington, IL
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Pain is useful information. It's your body telling you, don't do that.
It really depends on the kind of pain - if you're rehabbing a broken hip, there will be pain just from sitting there and more pain when you start moving - at first. But if you wait for the pain to go away before doing your rehab you're screwed.
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:27 PM
 
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It really depends on the kind of pain - if you're rehabbing a broken hip, there will be pain just from sitting there and more pain when you start moving - at first. But if you wait for the pain to go away before doing your rehab you're screwed.
For sure, this^^^^^. Especially with a joint, it's not going to feel good, but if you don't move it, you can end up losing the ability to move it any more.
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Old 05-11-2018, 01:02 AM
 
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Yes, it's useful and I don't know too many in this world who don't have it...even my grandkids in their early years are already experiencing pain with all their sports...BUT excessive and to keep pushing, I don't think so, the body is screaming rest it.
I would think so. He didn't break his knee, he broke his hip. And it's his knee on the other leg (not the one with the broken hip) that's giving him pain he never had before. I just can't believe that he suddenly has pain from arthritis that he never had before. But my husband being the person he is will do what the doctor tells him, no matter what, usually. In the meantime, I am giving him cosamin and curcumin, hoping those will help mitigate the pain/inflammation, or whatever it is.
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