If you’re puzzled because you’ve never heard of this special day, that’s understandable. I just invented it myself a few moments ago -- but for a good reason.
One thing I learned, after overcoming chronic knee pain, was that early on I wasted months thrashing about, unsure of what to do. While this may sound bad, I’m convinced that most people with similar knee pain waste years.
One mistake I made (and that I bet many others make too) is that I didn’t take the pain seriously enough, especially during those first few months. Acting early is the best, easiest way to escape being stuck with a long-term condition that just worsens and worsens.
Here are some signs you may not be taking your knee pain as seriously as you should:
You’re willing to modify your physical workouts/lifestyle ... but not by much.
You decide not to run for a week. Or you shave a few miles off your run. Or, in my case, I resolved to keep cycling over the same challenging routes, and the same steep climbs as before, only “taking it easier” (which I sometimes did and sometimes didn’t). The radical step of abandoning the bike completely didn’t come until later.
You tell yourself “I’ll just give the knee a few weeks to get better, no problem.”
This is a typical early-stage reaction to knee trouble. But most knee issues don’t occur overnight -- and the cure certainly doesn’t either.
So if you’re serious about getting better, you need to give yourself enough time (and have a long-range plan too by the way).
You don’t bother to educate yourself about your condition.
In my eyes, this is another sign of a lack of seriousness, especially after doctors tell you they can’t help -- or what help they do suggest (short of surgery) just doesn’t prove that satisfying.
In that case, you absolutely have to make every effort to help yourself. You have to try to understand better what you’re suffering from and the various explanations of and treatments for it.
Finally, in closing, here’s the irony of “Take Knee Pain Seriously Day.”
At least 90 percent of people reading this blog post, I’m willing to bet, are taking their knee pain seriously. They know they’re in trouble, and they’re willing to be patient about achieving a solution.
The irony is that the people who most need to hear this message don’t even know it yet.