Here is a “planning for the future” question about knee problems/solutions from a Michigan reader…
I’m in Michigan most of the year, near Ann Arbor. But did play some of the Florida and national tournaments last year (70s). and I plan on playing most of Fla tournaments next year (75s).
I had a small meniscus tear this year that has pretty well resolved and didn’t affect my playing (singles and dubs) much but the MRI shows inner left knee cartilage pretty well gone from OA; so while I’m presently not having pain I know I’m on borrowed time.
I have begun wearing an Ossur One Unloader brace as a prosthetic measure. I’ve found it comfortable and not a hindrance to my singles game. One study suggested that wearing such a brace could substantially reduce further wear in the knee and extend the time until replacement is needed.
Also have been looking at all the replacement alternatives and there seem to be several different variations and procedures, from minimally invasive robotic to more conventional. My intent is to continue to play singles as long as possible and when the time comes for replacement, I want to ensure I find the best place and procedure possible. Hearing others’ experiences could be helpful.
P.S. I have read your book and appreciate the tips and advice it contains!
Your Advice?? Since I am a “hip replacement specialist,” I defer to others who have had knee problems.
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