Who Created the For-Knees website?

Picture of Eric Arnow

 Howdy, I am Eric. Creator of For-Knees.com

My name is Eric Arnow. I am 69 years old, and have led a pretty active life, running, hiking, doing yoga. In 2013,  I climbed two mountains in China, both over 9000-10,000 feet.  Let me explain why I set up this website, which is to help people with comprehensive information about taking care of their knees. The knee joint is not only one of the most important joints, but it is also one of the joints most prone to injury and wear and tear. So it is critical to take good care of your knees. This site will present a multidisciplinary approach, and an unbiased approach, based on massive amounts of research.

Background–How I got interested in knee pain relief

In 1984, I had my first knee surgery for a torn meniscus, and had to have about 1/4 of it removed. I had knee pain for years, but managed reasonably well, especially doing yoga exercises. Then in late 2014, I felt a ‘twinge’ in my knee, and the pain and stiffness increased over several months. At that point, I started researching knee support sleeves, and other approaches to knee pain management, partly to help myself, but also, because I thought that if I did the research, I could help others with their knees. I had a second surgery that removed more of my meniscus as well as some frayed cartilage.

Interior of knee showing normal vs frayed arthritic cartilage

See the frayed cartilage. A sign of worn out knees

In 2015, while riding my bicycle, a motorbike ran right into the same knee. With three injuries to the same knee, I am lucky to be able to walk. The good thing is that it motivated me to research all the different methods I could find to take care of knees and reduce pain and maintain knee health.

Since then, I realized that over the long term, I needed to look into other types of care. Some examples are TENS, Ultrasound, Heat, Ice, Exercises and Physical Therapy, Joint Supplements and so on. There are actually over 2 dozen types of knee treatments, some self care and some done by professionals.

There are two approaches to knee care: Self care and professional care. In many cases with proper care, we can do a lot for ourselves and minimize the time and expense of professional care. In the course of my research, I noticed that there are at least 25 ways to treat knees. You can do many things for yourself, and of course professionals of various kinds, such regular physicians with Western medical techniques can also do a lot of good. However, there are other forms of treatment by various professionals, such as Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicinal practitioners, Naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, and so on.

But here is the thing: Most professionals are trained in their specific specialty and see treatment through the lens of their own training. That leads to diagnoses and treatment based on their own understanding. In my case, after my motorbike accident, an orthopedist made one diagnosis, but the physical therapist gave another diagnosis. And of course the treatment recommended was also different. Which to choose? Studies show that even  physicians may differ in their opinion. And meanwhile, it’s your knee that faces the consequences, good or bad, of various treatments.

That is where this site comes in. It is not my place to suggest that one form of treatment is better than another. The variables as to your situation are far beyond the scope of my knowledge. What I can do is alert you to the various methods that different practitioners employ—things you may not have even heard of, things that practitioners themselves may not have heard of, or have dismissed. Yet other professionals could have good results for their patients and clients.

Several articles here talk about different care approaches for knees, and some articles will link to products that in my opinion MAY be helpful, based on my own research. In some cases, I may be paid a fee for directing readers to their site. This helps me with the costs of maintaining the site and also for the considerable amount of time spent on research.Two highly reputable sites that offer products that may be useful to you are Amazon and Clickbank. This does not mean that I implicitly endorse these products for everyone. I make no claims for that and assume no liability for any results or lack thereof. All the information on this site is offered ‘as is’, with no warranties or guarantees. Always refer to a licensed medical professional for the last word on your treatment options. My sole purpose here is to bring to your attention, various options you may not have heard about, indeed, what your professional may not have heard about. You can then evaluate if they could be useful for you.

Please take some time to read the articles or watch videos on this site. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me using the contact form.

Finally, I have resources available via email. So, in some cases, you can sign up for an ebook or a quiz or other offer, which will entail your getting follow up emails. Of course that is entirely voluntary and you can always unsubscribe from such lists.

Thanks so much for visiting my site. I sincerely hope that you will benefit from the many hundreds of hours of research I have put into pulling all this information in a convenient format.