Two years ago I was diagnosed with moderate to sever bi-lateral osteoarthritis. The condition is work related as a result of my 23 years in law enforcement. Twenty-one years at the time of my diagnosis. That amount of time spent carrying an extra twenty-five to thirty pounds of gear around the hip, chest and back coupled with the constant entry and exit of a patrol car will accelerate the degradation of anyone's joints. I enjoyed several collateral duty assignments which were done in addition to our regular work schedule. I spent twenty years on the department's off-road vehicle team riding off-road motorcycles and snowmobiles through some pretty rough terrain with an untold number of crashes, spills, and falls. And lastly I spent sixteen years on the department's search and rescue team with a total of over 3,000 miles hiked with a forty plus pound pack, off trail, and sometimes boulder hopping while playing a deadly game of hide and seek. I have had a multitude of tears in the meniscus of both knees as well as prior knee surgeries.

It took our workers compensation provider more than one year to make the determination that my injury was work related and they have spent the past year and a half denying any of the treatment options recommended by the orthopedist. WC said no to ortho-visco supplemental injections and no to stem cell therapy. During that time I have continued working and my knees have continued to worsen.

That all changes tomorrow as about a month ago Workers Comp reversed their decision to deny surgery and agreed to replacement surgery. I will have a total knee replacement on my left knee on Tuesday December 3rd and in eight to ten weeks I should be having another TKR on my right knee. All of that will hasten my retirement which will come as soon as the doctor releases me from his care. The county's rules will prevent me from returning to work as a law enforcement officer with TKRs.

Chapter 2 begins next year, we'll see what is in store.

If you're not living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!

 

 

 

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Wow RObert all the best to you on that TKR surgery.  

A friend just had it done, he was an exercise guy before, so his recovery is amazingly quick. Hope all this goes well for you.

Robert M posted:

Two years ago I was diagnosed with moderate to sever bi-lateral osteoarthritis. The condition is work related as a result of my 23 years in law enforcement. Twenty-one years at the time of my diagnosis. That amount of time spent carrying an extra twenty-five to thirty pounds of gear around the hip, chest and back coupled with the constant entry and exit of a patrol car will accelerate the degradation of anyone's joints. I enjoyed several collateral duty assignments which were done in addition to our regular work schedule. I spent twenty years on the department's off-road vehicle team riding off-road motorcycles and snowmobiles through some pretty rough terrain with an untold number of crashes, spills, and falls. And lastly I spent sixteen years on the department's search and rescue team with a total of over 3,000 miles hiked with a forty plus pound pack, off trail, and sometimes boulder hopping while playing a deadly game of hide and seek. I have had a multitude of tears in the meniscus of both knees as well as prior knee surgeries.

It took our workers compensation provider more than one year to make the determination that my injury was work related and they have spent the past year and a half denying any of the treatment options recommended by the orthopedist. WC said no to ortho-visco supplemental injections and no to stem cell therapy. During that time I have continued working and my knees have continued to worsen.

That all changes tomorrow as about a month ago Workers Comp reversed their decision to deny surgery and agreed to replacement surgery. I will have a total knee replacement on my left knee on Tuesday December 3rd and in eight to ten weeks I should be having another TKR on my right knee. All of that will hasten my retirement which will come as soon as the doctor releases me from his care. The county's rules will prevent me from returning to work as a law enforcement officer with TKRs.

Chapter 2 begins next year, we'll see what is in store.

When I finished my residency, my attraction to malpractice law, product liability, and contract law lead me to apply to law school(went nights year 1 as I figured that my practice would slowly grow and I would have time).

Fortunately or unfortunately I became very busy in my office full time and was a bit fried after 12 years in school....but I LEARNED how NASTY Insurance Companies are and how workmans comp function and are in business to DENY claims, DENY coverage. I hate them and lent my expertise to anyone who wanted to fight them. They know that most lay folks do not have the funds, skills, or wherewithal to fight back....and folks are ruined by their bean counter mentality(fu*k them/pardon me) and I would guide patients to lawyers AND expert testimony to challenge bunko rulings.

They took years away from you by delaying/disguising appropriate cause/diagnosis/treatment to suit their bottom line.....it pisses me off and when insurance companies got appeal letters from me with 200 pages of research and standard of care affidavits from me...they paid and ran. I started class action fraud lawsuits that were quickly settled for breach of "informed consent" that approaches criminal negligence.

FOLKS....do NOT let a bunch of pencil pushing jackasses dictate the quality of your health and the appropriate treatment...if they are bean counters they will realize very often that tieing them up in court coupled with nasty publicity doesn't bode well for them.

ROBERT M sitting in front of a jury, describing his 20 plus years of physical work and skeletal abuse, garners big trouble for workmans comp(crap) and insurance companies. they see a guy limping to the witness stand with the insurance company"s lawyers wearing $1600 Brioni suits(LOL).

BE SAFE!

@ROBERT M   Do ALL of the post surgery required PT as required to the letter and get it back to the max flexibility asap. If it freezes up you'll have to get it  manipulated ( bend the sh*t out of it) and you'll have to restart PT from square one.  Best of luck for quick and full recoveries.

Robert M posted

That all changes tomorrow as about a month ago Workers Comp reversed their decision to deny surgery and agreed to replacement surgery. I will have a total knee replacement on my left knee on Tuesday December 3rd and in eight to ten weeks I should be having another TKR on my right knee. All of that will hasten my retirement which will come as soon as the doctor releases me from his care. The county's rules will prevent me from returning to work as a law enforcement officer with TKRs.

Chapter 2 begins next year, we'll see what is in store.

Good luck for a quick recovery, Robert. I've had a couple of buddies get that job done and the results have been fantastic. Quick recovery and no looks back. Best, Amigo. You earned it. 

My daughter is an RN and single mom (with 4 kids) who has been off work for more than 18 months on a work-comp claim.

She was beat up by a patient, which was bad. But the injury was aggravated into a disability by a work-comp bean counter practicing medicine without a license from some desk - who insisted on courses of treatment which nearly killed her (bad drug reaction).

I'm not a vindictive man, but I'd like to meet the idiot/criminal who maimed my daughter - not the incoherent patient who gave her the initial injury, but the insurance criminal who ruined her nervous system. I'd like to see him incarcerated. This state needs work comp reform in the worst possible way - it isn't working for small business, and it certainly isn't working for victims.

Good luck. Physical therapy will be tough but when you are finished it will all have been worth it. When I was recovering from my motorcycle accident the physical therapist would always say “don’t do it if it hurts”. HA!  It all hurts. When it comes to PT, no pain no gain. Just work through it. 

Hi Robert,

I just had a total knee done on October 7th. Yes it hurts like heck and the first couple of days is brutal pain wise.

If you stay with it and do the exercises they tell  you and go to therapy, it gets better.

There is a strap out there called Stretch Out Strap, you can get it on Amazon. It will become your best friend.

It allows you to stretch your knee at home and really helps.

I'm 2 months out and almost back to full flexibility.

Good luck!

Tom Boney posted:

Hi Robert,

I just had a total knee done on October 7th. Yes it hurts like heck and the first couple of days is brutal pain wise.

If you stay with it and do the exercises they tell  you and go to therapy, it gets better.

There is a strap out there called Stretch Out Strap, you can get it on Amazon. It will become your best friend.

It allows you to stretch your knee at home and really helps.

I'm 2 months out and almost back to full flexibility.

Good luck!

I’ll look into that. 

Robert...We will be hurting together. I'm getting my Rt. knee replaced on Dec 16 and my left ASAP after that !   It will be fun to compare notes.  I'm in so much pain right now I don't know if it will be any worse. I had to return from our home in Baja because of the pain and I ran out of Vicoden !  I was considering having both done at once but have been talked out of it.  Good Luck to you Robert !............Bruce

Is it possible that driving a Speedster has caused some knees to go out??!  I had my right knee replaced August 20 so I'm a little over 3 months out.  Good luck to you both, Robert and Bruce!   My knee is now perfect in every way---exactly like the original knee but without any pain at all.  Looking back on the process I wish I had known how it was going to go, especially that in about 3-4 weeks the pain would greatly subside and at 2-3 months it would be feeling great and I'd be walking completely normally.   At the one month mark I felt like I'd be limping, swollen, hurting, and on a cane forever  and it was hard to realize that my knee would be just great before very long.  

If I ever had to have my other knee replaced I'd feel a lot more confident knowing that yes, there is an end to the recovery.  I am hopeful though, that the amount of cartilage  in there will last as long as I need it.  

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