How and What You Think Does Matter
I have always been guided by the fundamental idea of Truth. How can we act correctly and effectively, if we don’t know what is happening and what we ourselves are and what does it mean? Here are some famous quotes from people whose opinion I respect:
The Buddha: All we are is a result of what we have thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson: You become what you think about all day long.
So What’s this Got to Do with Your Knee Pain?
People often have some situation, in this case, knee pain, and often don’t notice why they have it. All they want to do is make the pain go away. But without know how it came about, it may be difficult to make it go away. Someone said to me, ” I have knee pain.” Since being overweight–fat– is very common nowadays, I asked him, “How much do you weigh”. He replied, “350 pounds”.
And I am thinking, ‘how could someone reach that weight…could it be diet?” So I asked him about that. He said, “Oh, I eat very healthy diet, I eat a nice big bowl of pasta with tomato sauce.” The fact that eating way more carbohydrates–pasta–probably is the cause of his being overweight, and his being overweight puts 4 times the stress on the joint per pound (kilo) as the weight itself. If you are 10 pounds overweight, your knee, a relatively small area of your body, experiences it as 40 pounds. So this guy was carrying around perhaps 200 extra pounds (350-150 pounds) of extra weight, which translates into 800 pounds on his knees!
Apparently, he had not put 2 and 2 together, that the cause of his knee pain was his being overweight, which he seemed to think is normal weight. And he also thought that eating huge portions of pasta, far more than needed to supply his body with energy, is also normal. And that pasta sauce is a good substitute for eating lots of fresh vegetable.
in other words, guided by his own thoughts without having done any study of his situation, resulted in his thought process being stuck. I wonder what would happen if he simply put into his search engine, “What is normal weight“.
One Question Leads to Another…and Eventually a Solution
If he had gone through the simple exercise of checking his BMI, he’d have realized that his morbidly obese. He could then have asked the question, “Why am I so fat?”
The reason was because she was told things and didn’t think critically about whether what she was told was consistent or even factual. In this day and age of clickbait advertising and infotainment, there is a lot of useless or even bad information. We should not take anything for granted, but rather consider the source, whether it is credible or not? Has it been reliable or not? Who sponsors it? Who pays them to produce what you read or see or hear?
Many Causes of Knee Pain…So What to Do?
This is just one example of a cause of knee pain. In my own case, it is because of two factors, partly my fault and partly not. First, I did exercise without warming up first, so I injured my knee. That happened twice. The second reason was because someone hit me on the same knee in a motorcycle accident. To the extent that I was crossing an intersection and someone made a turn and headed straight for my knee is my fault. Had I not been there, …no accident.
The point here is not to assign blame for our pain, but simply investigate to the extent possible why we have it. And second, to do some research, and ask others for advice. There are many sources of information, some useful some not, some biased. Some not. Ultimately, how we proceed to take care of ourselves will depend on our thought processes.
What lifestyle changes do we need to make to improve the situation? Better diet, exercise? Habits that need changing? What about treatments? There are at least 20 different ways to deal with knee pain. Have you checked all of them, to see which ones might help you?
Change My Thinking….but HOW?
If you’ve gotten this far reading this, You may be asking…sounds good, but how do I DO THAT?
The first step is to recognize that you are controlled by your own thought patterns. One of my all time favorite movies was The Matrix. In this pivotal scene, Mr. Anderson, a young computer executive learns the truth about himself.
The reason I show this clip, is because we are told all sorts of things about our situation and what to do about it. If you take some time to really evaluate your situation, from different points of view, a solution may appear that you weren’t aware of. For example, an orthopedic physician may diagnose your knee pain, and advise taking a prescription, which costs money, maybe quite a bit of money, and may also have side effects.
But what if, instead of assuming that is the only solution, you visited a physical therapist, who recommend a series of exercises. Or you simply followed the preliminary regimen of Rest, Ice, and Elevation? Or you tried using some supplement that helps your joint heal? Or made some bone broth and over time, got the nutrients needed to heal the joint?
Do you see, by acting within the framework of one person, you limit your possibilities. That is also why, if you contemplate surgery, you get a second opinion from at least one other professional. Are you aware of alternatives to surgery for long term knee problems, such as stem cell therapy, or hyaluronic acid injections? You have options, which you may not have THOUGHT of.
Your knee pain is conditioned both on your own history and condition. And you have a lot more control than you might think about improving the situation. It depends on keeping your mind open to new ideas, and also the willingness to change your mind, change your thinking, in order to change the health of your knees over time. Further, if you do need professional help, learn to stay objective, and keep both an open mind, and yet a questioning mind. That way you will learn to follow the advice that makes sense to you, rather than rely unquestioningly on others. It’s YOUR KNEE, not theirs. So think carefully!