“Knee Bone Connected to the …”


My left knee gets sore from time to time. Thirty years ago, when it first was aggravated, I saw a sports medicine doctor who prescribed very effective exercises. Of course, when it was better I stopped doing them. Periodically I would remember that there had been something that helped and I would find the old exercises.

Once I moved to Connecticut, I had elbow pain and went to see an orthopedic doctor. He unhelpfully suggested surgery to “see what is going on.” Instinctively, I knew this was not a route for me. I found an osteopathic sports medicine doctor who diagnosed poor sitting posture  causing the elbow pain. Sure enough, with new exercises my elbow recovered.

But osteopathy? What the heck? We had a neighbor who was an osteopath and my mother always said he was a quack, not a REAL doctor. But she was very misinformed as it turns out. Osteopaths go through full medical school training, internship and residency and are fully licensed to do all things medical. The main difference is that they look at the whole structure of the body instead of just one part.

While that first osteopath left to go teach at the medical school, I met another excellent one last month to examine my once again aching knee. This time he told me that my problem was really coming from my hip and prescribed a series of new exercises. They have allowed me to return to almost my full routine at the gym.

Of course I can’t stop humming that old song about Ezekiel and the bones.

11 thoughts on ““Knee Bone Connected to the …”

  1. I tried not to laugh at this, but you make it extremely difficult. 😂 I’m glad you’ve been able to resume your gym routine. I remember how mine was affected when I fell while climbing a waterfall in Jamaica and sprained my wrist, a few weeks before I moved here. Unfortunately, no one recommended any exercises for me! I keep wrist braces with the metal inserts handy just in case it acts up again, since I spend so much time writing and typing.


      1. Really? Wow! Writing too much by hand was what first did my hand in, in high school. It got so bad I wrote a lot of my exams with my left hand. I’m right-handed. The only good thing out of that is that I used that to successfully convince my mom to buy me my first laptop. I still can’t write by hand too much. Kills me.


        1. That’s a good point. I do have a firm grip. However, I was always told that writers, tennis players, painters and anyone else who performed repetitive tasks with their hands for a living were likely to develop tendonitis. Because of that, I never really thought much of it.


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