Approximately 25% of people suffer from knee pain. This pain interferes with daily activities and decreases their quality of life.
Do you experience knee pain that limits your ability to take part in day-to-day life?
Do not assume that surgery is the only option. Many new treatment modalities are providing patients with relief from knee pain. Exploring the available options will help you find a treatment plan to relieve knee Pain.
Why Does Knee Pain Happen So Often?
The road to a healthy life includes exercise and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle. You start a fitness routine, and your knee starts hurting.
The structure of the knee makes it vulnerable to injury. Half of all Baby Boomers who suffer tears of ligaments or tendons will develop osteoarthritis in as little as five years.
The knee joint is not just the place where the bones from the top and bottom of your leg meet. It has ligaments, tendons, and cartilage that allow knee movement. The knee is not well protected.
It is easy for the knee to get pushed sideways, backward or twisted. This could result in ligament or tendon tears, or other injuries.
Repeated impact on the knee can wear down the cartilage. This can result in loss of padding between the bones. When bones rub together, inflammation can occur, causing pain and even arthritis.
Home Treatments to Help Relieve Knee Pain
There are several home treatments to try when knee pain begins. Start with R.I.C.E.
R-Rest. Rest and protect your knee. Take a break and alter or stop the activity that caused the soreness.
I-Ice. Put ice on the knee as soon as possible after pain starts to decrease swelling and discomfort.
C-Compression. Wrap the knee with an elastic bandage, such as an ACE® wrap, to decrease swelling and decrease pain. If you start to feel numbness, tingling or increased pain, loosen the wrap because it may be too tight.
E-Elevation. Rest your knee on pillows so that it is above the level of your heart. This will help decrease swelling.
What Kind of Non-Surgical Interventions Are Available for Knee Pain?
If home treatments are not successful, it is time to see a healthcare professional.
Regenerative medicine provides non-surgical treatment for knee pain. This plan of care uses four different approaches to care.
Large joint injections deliver steroids and/or local pain-relievers directly into the knee joint. The goal is to reduce inflammation that causes pain.
Functional medicine focuses on the underlying problem that is causing the pain. By looking at imbalances or interactions between diet, lifestyle, genetics or environmental factors, you can often find the root cause. The plan of care is directed at correcting imbalances to relieve pain.
Trigger point injections deliver pain medicine and/or steroids into areas that are causing spasm or swelling of muscles. Dry needling does not use medicine, but only involves placing thin needles in these trigger points. The goal is to deactivate the trigger point and stop the pain.
Platelet rich plasma therapy uses the body’s capacity to amplify natural growth factors normally used to heal tissue. Plasma is the liquid part of your blood.
Plasma moves blood cells and platelets through the body. Platelets are instrumental to your body’s healing process.
Is Regenerative Medicine Right for You?
Contact Carolinas Regenerative Medicine for a free one-on-one consultation with a trained medical provider. Our staff will help you understand possible causes for your knee pain. We will also answer questions and discuss a potential plan of care to relieve knee pain.