Nick’s Medial Plica Excision & Fat Pad 18 months Post Op
After just having just 2 IMS sessions with Dr Brown I already have seen vast improvements that would never have happened if I never went to see My GP for a referral to see Dr Brown. I can now walk with out a limp and can walk at a faster pace and can jog slowly which I was unable to do before having IMS.
After the appointment on Wednesday 23rd February 2011 I had a long wait of 7 weeks for my 3rd IMS session as Dr Brown was overbooked and wanted an earlier appointment and the only available appointment was on Wednesday 13th April 2011 at 17:30. During the 7 weeks my knee pain got worse again and was back to how I was before my 1st IMS session, accept I could still jog slowly and had the pain returning again. It important to have regular IMS sessions to feel the full benefits and ideally it should be done every 2 to 3 weeks so waiting 7 weeks was too long but was getting treatment free on the NHS, so has to accept things as they come.
I arrived 15 minutes early on Wednesday 13th April 2011 and saw Dr Brown straight away. Before dry needling we had a chat about the progress I am making since I started having IMS sessions. When I 1st saw Dr Brown in January 2011 I could not jog even at a slow pace and now I can, can walk quicker and no longer limp. I can use the treadmill at the gym for up to 60 minutes at 6mph and was only 4mph before I had my IMS sessions and only jogged for 20 minutes.
After having my 3rd IMS session I was starting to see some improvements in my right knee. The swelling on the medial side by portal had gone down and could squat again without the intense pain anymore. I could start to jog at a slow pace with some pain around the portal on the medial side, which was no where near as bad before I had my 3rd IMS session.
On Wednesday 4th May 2011 I decided I would try and give it a go jogging around my region with my friend after warming up at the gym. I met up with my friend and started to jog and told him may be slower then him and may need to stop a few times. I started to jog and the knee pain was hardly there and managed to jog at a good pace and was still unable to sprint or jog fast which was not a problem as I was happy that I could jog once again at a steady pace.
After 3 and a half years of not being able to run and 18 months post op I was back again jogging and was really pleased with my progress and can thank Dr Brown for the IMS sessions he has given me and without the sessions would still be unable to jog or run. I can now do something I really enjoy doing jogging around my region and thought it would not happen so soon and thought I may need a 2nd scope on my knee but I was wrong and all I needed was a few IMS sessions.
I now wonder if I really needed surgery on my right knee and all that was needed was acupuncture as I felt the benefits from it straight away after the 1st session. The one thing that has gone away is the catching on the lateral side of the knee that at times hurt and since having the surgery no longer get pain on the lateral side of my right knee so could say surgery has helped and did spot 2 problems when they where inside my knee.
I know that jogging on a hard surface is bad for the knees but it is a risk I am willing to take as it is something I enjoy doing and will carry on jogging for as long as my knees can take it. I may not have issues again with my knees for a very long time and a total knee replacement is normal these days during your retirement age. It a long way off for me and will enjoy jogging while I fit and young and hope to do compete in the London Marathon one day!