Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Three for three

I have now treated three people for my bioenergy healing knee study. The third person was someone who has had five arthroscopic surgeries and had residual pain and stiffness in the knee that had been operated on, especially after he exercised. After 4 treatments he reported 95% functioning and almost zero pain, and much faster recovery after exercise. One of the other participants reports that the improvements she experienced after her four treatments (no pain and full functioning) continue to hold. The other was pain free after three sessions. All three participants had had knee issues for many years prior to seeing me, and two of them rated their pain prior to the treatments as 8.5 out of a possible 10, on a scale where 0 meant no pain and 10 was the worst pain they had ever had.

Friday, April 5, 2013

How useful is arthroscopic surgery?

A study soon to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus or osteoarthritis produced results little better than physiotherapy and exercise. On a hundred-point functioning and pain scale those who had surgery had an average of 20.9 points of improvement and those who did physiotherapy and exercise, 18.5. The results were more or less the same at 6 months as at 12 months. An earlier study comparing surgery with exercise alone showed similar results for patellofemoral syndrome (pain in the front of the knee) and another done in 2002 comparing arthroscopic surgery versus sham surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee found that
In this controlled trial involving patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, the outcomes after arthroscopic lavage or arthroscopic d├ębridement were no better than those after a placebo procedure.
In my own little study two participants, one with chronic patellofemoral syndrome and another with chronic severe knee pain, have found significant improvements both in pain relief and functioning immediately after the first session, and experienced further improvements in subsequent sessions, both well beyond the 18.5 or 20.9 per cent improvement posited by the NEJM study for surgery and physiotherapy with exercise.

Update April 10th: One participant who had been told by a doctor that she was looking at a knee replacement "down the line" reported zero pain and full functioning after her last (fourth out of four) bioenergy treatment. The other participant, who had been diagnosed with chronic patellofemoral syndrome, reported full functioning and zero pain after her third treatment. I will now do regular follow-up to monitor their condition.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Knee study distance healing extension

If you live anywhere in Canada outside of Toronto or in the U.S. and you have knee pain, you may be eligible for the distance portion of my knee study.

Please contact me if you are interested in participating.