I remember clearly seeing a patient who was about to turn 100 years old. She had pain in her right knee, and it wasn’t getting better.
I asked what she thought was causing it.
“How should I know? I’m not getting any younger. What do you expect at my age?” she said.
“How is your left knee?” I said.
“Just fine, why do you ask?” she replied.
“Just wondering why that knee doesn’t hurt too. Isn’t it the same age as your right knee?” I replied.
She smiled and understood what I meant. I suggested a mild pain reliever, warm soaks to the painful knee, and rest. By the next week, her right knee felt about as good as her left knee.
Think about it. I do, all the time. It keeps me on the right track when I try to help my older patients.
© Robert Stall MD / OldSmarts LLC