Deborah used to enjoy competitive ball games, such as badminton and tennis, but would sometimes suffer minor twists to her right knee. She is now 49 and approaching menopause.
She started to have right knee pain on and off for two years, which has morphed into a daily pain, particularly when she walks for a long time and climbs the stairs. The pain got so bad that she had to stop her badminton sessions and has since mostly stayed at home. She has also gained weight.
Her doctor told her it was the “wear and tear” of her knee that comes with age and prescribed painkillers. However, she does not want to rely on painkillers and, therefore, does not take them. She wants to know how she can get better.