Karen Heyob finally had enough, after suffering with bone-on-bone knee pain for quite some time: “I try not to let things get me down, but when I was constantly struggling to keep up at work and at home, I knew it was time for a knee replacement.”
Karen has osteoarthritis, the most common type of knee arthritis. Also called wear-and-tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is characterized by progressive wearing away of the cartilage in the joint. As the protective cartilage is worn away, bone is exposed, the knee becomes swollen, and activities become increasingly painful.
“Gaining flexibility was definitely a focus of my rehabilitation,” said Heyob. Additionally, the Harrison Physical Therapy team incorporated ice/heat, strengthening, stationary bike, and an at-home exercise program. “Tim (Lees) gave me peace of mind by helping me understand the healing process,” said Heyob. “I would recommend Tim and his team to anyone.”