When horse-riding, gym-loving trainee nurse Chloe-Marie Butler first started having knee pains she thought she had simply been over-doing the ‘action woman’ stuff!
But as the pains got worse 22-year-old Chloe decided to get checked out and was amazed when she was told she needed operations on both her knees if she was to maintain her keep-fit lifestyle.
“I was stunned,” she said. “I have always kept myself very fit, I’m certainly not overweight and I’ve never had bone or joint problems in the past.
“However my consultant warned me that delaying the surgery would simply make matters worse and mean my horse-riding and other activities could be affected for a very long time to come so in the end it was an easy decision to go for surgery.”
Now, as she eases herself back into the saddle with her beloved Blossom, Chloe, who lives in Pelsall, is recovering well and looking forward to taking part in show-jumping competitions around the region.
Chloe was treated at Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield by orthopaedic consultant surgeon Javed Iqbal who said it was unusual for someone so young and fit to need repair surgery in both knees .
But he explained that once Chloe had recovered and completed a thorough physiotherapy programme she would be able to continue her active lifestyle.
He said: “It is not uncommon for both knees to wear out at around the same time – they are both the same age and have done about the same amount of work so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they suffer the same wear and tear.
“In Chloe’s case she is very young to have this problem but, because she is so fit and active, I am confident her recovery will be a quick one and she’ll be back in the saddle in the near future.
“It was a keyhole procedure to clear out any debris in her knees and then to realign her kneecaps. I would encourage anyone suffering joint pain to seek advice whatever their age.
“Painful knee joints can have detrimental effects in other parts of the body as people, by limping, change their stance and walking pattern to manage the pain, thus putting extra pressure on joints such as the hip or ankle or on the lower back.”
As for Chloe, brief stints in the saddle with Blossom at walking pace are all she can manage at the moment but, having just started swimming three times a week she is determined her recovery will be a speedy one.
“I’m afraid all the cleaning out and grooming work is falling on my poor mum at the moment,” said Chloe. “However, my knees are improving all the time and it won’t be long before I’m back mucking out and, most importantly, spending much more time in the saddle.”!
To book a consultation with Mr Iqbal, please call: 0121 580 7119.