Knee gives way

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Hi I've got osteoarthritis on my knees. Other night my knee gave way and I went flying down stairs. See the falls team at some point does any know what they can do help

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    The only advice that I was given was to lose weight and take Ibuprofen . They eventually sent me to physio to strengthen all my muscles  - I'm having a short break from the exercises as I think it might have made things worse!  I've now resorted to  second hand rail on my stairs , outdoor steps and shower . Just in case I fall . 

     I don't know what the answer is . 

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    hi i know what you are going through as i have been though the same with my left knee giving way i got it cleaned out about 3 years ago and it did help but now my right knee has started doing the same apparently surgeons dont do the clean out anymore have been to physio for 6 weeks and found out the muscles in my right knee were solid there isnt much movement my only problem is im scared incase i fall i did get exercises to do but feel im in more pain after doing these and cant bend my knee much physio gave me a set of crutches for support struggle with the stairs in house we put in a walk in shower physio said i wouldnt get a knee replacement until im at least 60 but then said he didnt think my knee would last another 5 years i have just turned 50 am on no benefits at all work full time at the moment but not sure for how much longer as sometimes the pain is unbearable but at the moment just get on with my life and just hope i dont have a nasty fall with knee giving way i do walk very slow and am very careful but you never know when its going to give way its scary i also have severe osteoarthiritis in both my knees was diagnosed about 5 years ago 
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    I have started to have falls too but my falls are for different reasons it's not because of bad knees. But I'm going to say this to all of you that have a fall potential please get one of those buttons you wear around your neck and press for help.

    My mother resisted it for a very long time even though she had fallen a few times and got herself up she claimed that she would just have her cell phone with her all the time. Well she didn't have her cell phone within reach the day she fell and broke her leg. The reason why is because she was simply stepping to the door to see about the noise outside and when she open the storm door the wind caught it and pulled her with it out the door and on the ground. And of course her cell phone was sitting on the end table next to her chair. If she had not had that button I don't know how long it would have taken before somebody saw her and called an ambulance.

    My fall potential has not gotten to the point where I feel I need a button but I only shower when my husband is at home and I bring my cell phone in the bathroom with me. I have only had two falls within 2 months.

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      Hi I've got the community alarm in and Wear the button round my neck it was a life saver the other night when I went head first down the stairs. I'm 40 and got told I'm way to young to have knee op

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      I've heard of other people being told that very same thing. I don't understand why they do that. Let me put it differently I know why they saying it... They say they won't do it because you are young and won't last your lifetime and you'll have to have it done again. But that seems asinine because in the meantime you're in a lot of pain and you might not be in pain if you have the surgery. And heaven forbid you have to have two surgeries in a lifetime.

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