- Age 55+
- 167 lbs
- 5' 7"
- Wildwood, MO
- Injury Status Recovering
- How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Not at all
- Repeat injury? Yes
- Physical activity per week 8+ hours
- Number of Surgeries None
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, for over a year
- Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
- How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Not at all
- What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Mild
- Additional conditions Knee-pain, Neck-pain
I have had problem knees since I was a teenager, but was always active. Trying the Gokhale Method at age 52 (after reading, "8 steps to a pain-free back) helped my neck considerably, but not my lower back. By time I was 52, all the cartilage was gone from my knees and I had lower back pain. I got my knees replaced, kept following the Gokhale Method. Took a private lesson and reread the book constantly. I kept stretching and exercising my core at my pace. In summary, The Gokhale Method helped me to understand what correct posture was and I couldn't obtain that posture because of my knees. (If I would have had posture correction as a teenager, would I have avoided knee problems?) Anyway, physical therapists would talk about posture briefly, but would say things like "shoulders back"--which actually made my back worse, because posture is a complete picture, not just, "shoulders back." Physical Therapists also push you through an exercise regime (insurance dictated?) that could be helpful if the root causes of the problem are addressed alongside gentle exercises and stretching. Trying heat, ice, massage, PT, yoga, a chiropracter, and cortisone injections did not help. After the knee replacement, I had to practice good posture and then work my way back into the PT and yoga exercises, modifying them to have correct posture. I am 55 now and 2 years after knee replacement. 4 years after discovering Gokhale. I am alot better without medication, without PT or injections. I was the only one in my treatment to address, "my body as a whole" and listen to my body as I worked towards correct posture.