Hats off to Beth Moody who posted this review on Amazon. Congrats on a speedy recovery! Here are a couple horn toots for you.

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I suppose in a way, I am tooting my own horn but in reality there are some critical insights about you, the potential joint replacement rehab candidate that I could not resist highlighting and reinforcing.

Point # 1 Her first knee replacement recovery experience was a disaster

How does one go from having 105 degrees of knee flexion at the start of rehab to only 60 degrees of knee flexion when leaving for home? Truly she should have had her money refunded. This was very poor care by very un-alert therapists. If this is your life, you just added about 2 months more total knee replacement recovery time to the entire experience. UGGGGGG!

Maybe it was Beth’s fault? She’s just a slacker. Believe me this is the frequent fall back position to defend therapists from the disturbing reality that their treatment protocol is flawed. What we do know from Beth’s story is that she managed to crush it when following the right system. So we will have to jettison that potential explanation.

It has to be a one-off Clinic

I personally have seen and spoken with other patients who have had similar experiences.  For the most part, while I don’t think the majority of the time you’ll be greatly set back by your knee replacement rehab like Beth obviously was, I do believe it is largely a waste of time.  You will make marginal progress within the industry standards and still have significant work left to do when you get home.

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Point # 2 She trusted herself and her own wisdom

If Beth had seen an ad for my book prior to her first replacement, she might have been tempted to say, “Why do I need that? The rehab is paid for and they’ll do a good job, right? “  This is called delegating your outcomes into the hands of the so-called experts.

We have been trained to do this in America, everything from raising kids, education, healthcare, sex lives.  Just listen to TV show “The View” sometime,  people everywhere are telling you what to eat, how to think and what to do with you life. In many cases we have forgotten how to think critically and trust our own judgement.

The so called experts are being narrowly trained and indoctrinated with the mantra of “Best Practice” or “Evidence Based Practice”, only doing what has been “proven to work”.  My system would not exist today if I had followed that advice.  There is a truth to what the “best Practice” crowd is trying to promote, but innovation co-exists with creative thinking, trail and error and sound thinking skills.

Beth took matters into her own hands. She grabbed the reins of responsibility for her own knee replacement recovery success. During that journey she happened to find my book. After reading the book, she still had to use her own mind to judge whether what I had to say seemed reasonable and made sense.

Point # 3 Wisdom can be found in odd places sometimes

It doesn’t make any sense that I should know some things, that the rehab establishment doesn’t know, but it’s true. Industry blindness is a potential flaw in any area of specialization and is the reason I created the video Moneyball and knee replacement recovery. Don’t be afraid to question and learn and by all means get educated about the knee replacement rehab experience before you have no other options.

Watch the Video Series on How to Speed Up Your Recovery After A Knee Repalcement


Michelle, PT
Michelle, PT

Michelle Stiles called "the no nonsense" therapist, by her patients, created a company called Cowboy Up Recovery after recognizing the bankruptcy of the present medical model. Too many people regard conventional medical wisdom as gospel, ignoring the subversive influences of Big Pharma and Big Medicine. She believes, Americans in general are being trained from an early age to defer to experts in numerous areas of life and losing the impulses for self-responsibility and self-reliance in the process. Over-diagnosis and over-medicating has become endemic. While thankful for the best miracles of modern medicine, she encourages people of all persuasions to listen to their bodies and seek out answers to maintain not just an absence of disease but optimal health. Her advice is: Cowboy Up, no one cares more about your health than you do.

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