Solving Your Knee Pain and Saving you from Knee Replacement Surgery
If you suffer from knee pain, you are not alone. It is the most commonly-injured joint in the body. Whatever the cause may be, the pain can be debilitating, movement can be restricted, muscle control can depreciate, and the strength in the muscles that support the knee can be reduced. Traditionally, treatments for knee pain include anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections or even surgery. But there is always another option.
- The knee is the largest joint in the body and essentially supports the body itself.
- The knee joint is the junction of the thigh and the leg bones, and the kneecap sits in front. Four major ligaments connect the bones and stabilize the knee joint.
- Knee pain can stem from normal wear-and-tear, overuse or injury. One of the most common knee conditions is osteoarthritis, which is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone which can cause pain and stiffness. Other knee conditions such as chronic tendonitis, as well as cartilage and ligament damage, are also common. The location of the knee pain provides clues as to the cause, as does the timing of the pain, swelling, mobility, noises or locking of the knee.
- Appropriate treatment will depend on an accurate diagnosis. If your pain persists beyond two to three weeks of home care, seek medical attention. Surgery is not always your only option. Physical therapy for knee pain is a natural treatment option with proven long-term benefits.
The rise of knee pain and osteoarthritis diagnoses has coincided with an increase in Elective Total Knee Replacements (TKRs). These replacements may be necessary for advanced osteoarthritis or particularly severe cases of knee pain, but it is a brutal surgery and there are serious risks and side effects that should be carefully considered.
This is why an increasing number of doctors are recommending safe, non-surgical treatments prior to knee replacement surgery. Below are several such options that have grown in popularity. This information will help you make the best decision.
· Knee on Trac and Sanexas
· Regenerative Medicine
· Visco supplementation and Amniotic fluid
· Unloader knee brace
Here are the differences in their effects.
Knee on Trac is a revolutionary new device that decompresses the knee joint drawing in synovial fluid and cushioning the joint. This approach is painless and non-invasive. The effects can last for many months or years depending on the amount of joint space lost. This service is not covered by insurance but is relatively inexpensive.
Sanexas is a non-invasive electrical cell signaling technology that can offer significant pain relief and reduce inflammation. We usually will use Knee on Trac and Sanexas as complimentary therapies. This service is not covered by insurance but is also relatively inexpensive.
Regenerative medicine deals with the process of restoring the normal function of the knee by injecting human cells and tissues into the degenerative knee joint. This is accomplished by introducing new, young, healthy tissue from allografts – donated tissue.
This highly effective treatment may include stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP) options to heal and restore your body’s tissue, bone, discs, cartilage, or cells to provide relief from injuries and chronic pain, and even help combat the effects of aging. This service is not yet covered by insurance or Medicare.
Visco Supplementation a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid surrounding joints. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads. People with osteoarthritis have a lower-than-normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints. This injection may require 1-5 injections depending on the amount of degeneration of the knee cartilage and usually lasts 6 months to a year or longer. This is covered by Medicare and most insurances.
Amniotic fluid is highly concentrated in stem cells, hyaluronic acid which lubricates joints and tendons, easing the pain and helping restore mobility, proteins, cytokines and other important compounds. Hyaluronic acid is the acid that is naturally occurring in the knee. Visco supplimentation and Amniotic fluid are frequently used together. This service is covered by Medicare and most insurances.
An unloader knee brace unloads the stress from the affected knee. What makes an unloader knee brace effective is its ability to limit side to side movement within the knee and unload the weight to three pressure points on the femur. The unloader knee brace may be used in conjunction with any of the treatments above depending on your individual need. This device is usually covered by Medicare and most insurances.
We hope this information is helpful, if you would like to see if you are a candidate for any of these procedures, please call 314-770-2334 for an appointment.