When you've turned 60 and a knee goes, a few things become clear. You can never start talking about the wonky hinge without someone else trumping your tale of loss. Knee-capping, you could call it. Suddenly you are surrounded by experts, some of whom seem to have been struggling with this most wayward of joints since birth. They start by sympathising, which is nice, but end up knowing what is best for you, which is not. When my right knee started to go six years ago, I was 54 and had just gone up a 20,000ft mountain in Ladakh, on the borders of Tibet. More to the point, I'd just come down a 20,000ft mountain in Ladakh, twisting and hammering my legs to find footsteps in the wobbly shale. It seemed to me the diagnosis was stark: I'd torn my cartilage and run out of knee coupons.
I'd also just become a father again and started fretting about how I was going to get down on the carpet with the Lego, never mind provide a stream of inch-perfect crosses to help my son Arthur develop his heading skills. Even the lightest contact with a football sent a bolt of pain into the heart of the joint. My career was over.
Last year I heard about a new treatment, called Fenzian, and decided to give it a go. Pioneered by Eumedic, a Berkshire-based company, it involves a hand-held electronic device that is passed across the afflicted area imparting low-level electromagnetic impulses into the skin. It has been likened to a non-piercing form of acupuncture. While its use is pain-free and takes about 20 minutes a session, it claims to open a dialogue between the damaged part and the central nervous system, enabling the body to target its own healing powers more effectively.
The system is used in the US where certain studies and testimonials suggest astonishing results, particularly in sports injuries; a 27-year-old basketball player who could no longer walk because of chronic foot pain gets eight sessions of Fenzian and is on his feet again; a woman with neuralgia so bad it has resisted all conventional forms of medical attention takes four treatments from the machine and is pain-free in a week.
Source - Times