My name is Michelle Stiles and I have worked as a physical therapist for over 25 years. My original intent in creating this site was to provide advice to knee replacement patients on how they could fast track their recovery. In searching for information online most people find that much of the information sounds the same. It feels as though you are getting a glossy and varnished version created by marketers. Nothing to see here folks, step up and get in line… and yet outcomes can be highly variable. Most people know at least one person whose knee was never the same after surgery, or that person who forever regretted the decision.
I’ve had the blessing of working with some top notch orthopedic surgeons and I have also had the blessing of being in home health care where I had a lot of one on one time with my patients. Everything that I learned I put in a small book entitled Fast Track Your Recovery From A Total Knee Replacemement: How to Eliminate Pain and Pain Medicine The Quickest Way Possible available on Amazon. I found that there were a number of force multipliers that when implemented faithfully made the rehab quite “easy” instead of a painful and dreadful roller coaster.
I also patented a product called the FLEX bar which stands for Frequent Leveraged Exercise, that helps you stretch and bend your leg easily in an upright and seated position. If you purchase the book I tell you how you can make one of your own FLEX bars from materials found at a local hardware store. And if DIY is not your style and you have more disposable income on hand you can grab a version of the tool here.
Then just for s_ and giggles, and tapping into my Irish sense of humor, I created a coloring book for knee replacement patients. It is a great little gift if that is your thing.
My most recent endeavor however is pusing into a slightly new direction. Instead of facilitating knee replacement recovery, I’ve been training to assist people in saving their original knee. Yes the surgery is a wonderful thing but not for 50 year olds! More and more people that I know personally are getting the surgery and I am convinced that much of that increase is related to metabolic and physiological challenges related to our diets and toxcities found in the environment rather than the simplistic and massively over-trusted explaination of being “bone-on-bone” as shown on some type of scan. My trianing includes getting a Precision Nutrition Level one Certification as well as becoming a practitioner of Functional Diagnotic Nutrition (FDN-P).
Look for quite a bit more information on this topic in the days ahead. Maybe your knee will be one of the “knees saved”
After twenty-five years in practice it is easy to recognize 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. Rehabilitation is not immune to corporate and governmental influences at odds with unique creative care.
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 I’m thankful for the best miracles of modern medicine, I encourage people of all persuasions to listen to their bodies and seek out answers to maintain not just an absence of disease but optimal health.
My advice is: No one cares more about your health than you do, so Cowboy Up and step into the saddle.