Good morning Dr. Stephen:

I wanted you to know that the pain in my knees has decreased to the point where I haven’t taken any arthrotec for a week now.  Ibuprofen (1200 mg/day) is enough.  And I’ve been doing things like sitting cross-legged, and the “pigeon” pose in yoga, that I haven’t been able to do in years, completely without pain (if I’m careful.)  I  can also feel the ground sloping or rising under my left foot (extremely useful on snowy, icy sidewalks) which I haven’t been able to do since reconstructive ankle surgery 25 years ago.  All of which I would have put in the “astronomically improbable” category just a month ago.   It’s like turning back the clock on my body. (I caught a bit of an “Extreme Makeover” show on TV, the one where they do punitive training regimes and drastic cosmetic surgery before they pile on the makeup and hairdos and new clothes – and it struck me how superficial all that was compared with the transformation I am so happily experiencing.)

It’s true that I do have all sorts of new odd little twinges here and there around my torso, but I figure that’s the soft tissue adjusting to the new positioning and ROM.  I’m being careful to do yoga daily, to facilitate that, and I’ve found some manipulative osteopaths here in Calgary (UK trained) who at least talk the talk, so I’ll try them out for a follow-up in a few weeks.

Your skill and talent have made a world of difference to me, and my gratitude and admiration are proportionate.  Don’t be surprised if you get a lot more visitors from Calgary.

Warmest regards,