Pain Management

Successful EFT for Pain After Knee Surgery

Dear EFT Community,

EFT Advanced practitioner, Karen Hanys, shares her experience using EFT tapping with a client for pain after surgery. After using EFT, the client's recovery progressed at a much faster pace than the doctor predicted.

-Will M.

By Karen Hanys

I just had an experience in the hospital. I worked with a patient who had double (bilateral) knee replacement. He is a 62 year old male who has also had one hip replaced.

These replacements were due to degenerative arthritis and years of running and being a ranger in the Army serving in Viet Nam (jumping out of airplanes numerous times).

His standing x-rays showed no cartilage in the knees. It was bone on bone. He became bowlegged, off balance, and walked anyway he could which included shuffling and walking on tip toes. Pain was always at least a 7 on a scale of 0 to 10.

Following the surgery, on day 7, I introduced EFT.

The patient was being given pain medication approximately every 4 hours. However, the nurses were often as late as an hour giving the medication. By that time, the pain was at a 7 and the fear of the pain was at an 8.

After 6 rounds, the patient was at a 0.

He, using his walker, walked to the bathroom, back out to the sink which was in the room, shaved, brushed teeth, sponged off and walked back to the bed.

I asked how the pain was.

After thinking a moment, he smiled and said there was no pain when walking.

I called the next day after his Physical Therapy (PT) and asked how he slept and how the pain was. He said he slept through the night, just waking when the nurse came in to check on him, and he awakened with no pain.

During PT and after PT , his "knees" were swollen, there was a pain level of 4, and he was very tired. I asked if he tapped and the answer was no.

The pain level during PT prior to our tapping session was at an 8 or 9. So the level of 4 was a significant improvement. I dare say, if he had tapped prior to or during therapy, the pain might have dissipated. No way to measure that, however, since he didn't tap.


First round: We tapped just on the pain itself: This pain in knees level of intensity 7 out of 10.

Second round: The memory in my cells and memory in pain center in the brain. The level of intensity went to 5.

Third round: I choose to be pain free. His level of intensity was 3.

Fourth round: Doctors and friends said I'd have lots of pain.

Fifth round: I can control the pain, others do not control how I feel. His level of intensity was 2.

Sixth round: My fear of having the pain when the nurse is late with medication and not wanting to experience it. Level 0.

Bonus: This patient told the Physical Therapist about the "energy work" he received. The comment by the PT was, "So that is why your room feels so much better than the other rooms I go into. Your room feels lighter and less depressing."


Here is a two month follow up on the client who had both knees replaced on May 26. Rod progressed at a much faster pace than the doctor predicted. The surgeon's predictions were based on prior experiences with patients over the years.

He was told by the surgeon that his recovery would be slow and take at least 4-6 weeks before he would be able to drive and return to work. He also was given a prescription of 100 pills for pain medication to be taken 4 times a day.

By tapping, Rod was able to control the pain. Now, two months later he still has pain medication left because he did not need to take the pills as prescribed. He usually took one at night after a day at work to help with sleep.

  • My client was back at work part time using a walker in two weeks.
  • He was driving at 3 weeks
  • Using a cane at 3 weeks
  • Walking without assistive devices at 5 weeks
  • He just drove himself on a 4 hour road trip, stretching at the 2 hour mark.
  • He played golf the next day. The Surgeon said he would probably only work on his short game as the "Driver" might be too strenuous a movement.
  • My client hit the ball better, straighter, and played close to par golf even using the driver on a couple of holes. He did only play 9 holes due to energy level.
  • His stamina is lower and has not returned full force, so I suggested he tap on that issue. Try it on everything. I think we tend to forget to use EFT all the time and wait for a "big" issue.


Both my client and I believe that the EFT tapping is what allowed him to heal faster. Even though we don't have scientific evidence, we are basing this on two pieces of information:

1. The recovery with his hip replacement 2 years ago was more painful and took longer for my client to become independent. (no EFT)
2. Based on the doctor's experiences with other patients over the years and his predictions of the recovery process. ((Used EFT- exceeding expectations of Surgeon)

Below are my client's own words:

As we discussed, just 8 weeks after total knee replacement surgery on both knees at the same time, I continue to progress ahead of schedule and am getting better each day. I credit the continuing EFT work you did as a major factor in my progress. As you know, I was hesitant to have the procedures since the bad experience with hip replacement surgery in another city over 2 years ago. The rehab process at that time did not involve EFT and the overall healing process took longer than it should have. All of that has been different with EFT. As a result of the work you performed and me tapping, I was able to have above average progress during 5 days at in-patient rehab. Of note, was one of the nurses commenting after one of your visits, that my room had the most positive energy of any of the rooms she had been in and that it was always like that during my stay. Another significant thing was that your work on me got rid of all the "stuff" in your body that accompanies major surgery in a much faster time.

Some other accomplishments of note include:

"While still using a walker, I was back at work exactly 2 weeks after the surgery. And although I only stayed for 2 hours on 2 different days, I did come back. I started working half-days 3 weeks following the surgery and by this time was only using a cane. I was back full time in 4 weeks. 5 weeks after the surgery, I was walking without the cane.I continue to "tap" before each physical therapy session and at other times I'm feeling discomfort and it does help."

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