Knee Pain Treatment Options
Jul 21, 2019 08:36AM
by Adam Hall, DC
There are many treatment options for those suffering with knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA) and other causes. There are oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) that come in over-the-counter and prescription forms, as well as other, more addictive pain medications, steroid injections and surgery. But those options only mask the symptoms, have side effects and aren’t guaranteed to get rid of the pain. There are less invasive, non-addictive and more natural treatment options.
The first and most natural option is daily mild to moderate exercise, like walking or riding a bike for 20 to 30 minutes per day. This is the probably the best option for those that have only recently started having knee pain. Studies have shown that daily, moderate exercise is just as effective and relieving knee pain as NSAIDs. But many have been suffering with knee pain for a long time, and arthritis makes even small amounts of exercise difficult and painful. That’s when we need to look at medical treatment options.
Joint injections with hyaluronic acid (HA) have been very effective in relieving knee pain from OA. HA is a gel-like substance that lubricates the cartilage surfaces and prevents further joint degeneration. When it’s injected into the knee, it’s called viscosupplementation. This process needs to be repeated every six to 12 months. Think of it as an oil change for the knees.
is another exciting treatment option that has shown promise called regenerative
medicine. This is a process by which the innate healing potential of certain
cells is harnessed to encourage the body to heal. This can include platelet-rich
plasma (PRP) that comes from the patient’s own blood, and/or stem cell-derived
injections that contain certain proteins and growth factors that are only found
in amniotic tissue.
we think of the body like a car with many parts all working together, it’s easy
to understand why only focusing on the symptoms gives a partial solution. A car
with a bad alignment has one tire under more stress than the others, and over
time, that tire goes bald. That’s the symptom. If we only change the tire and
don’t fix the alignment, that tire will go bald again. The human body is much
like this car. If we have improper biomechanics, poor posture or misalignments,
then more stress will be placed on one knee than the other. Over time, that
knee will wear out and cause pain. If we only treat the knee pain and don’t fix
the underlying cause, the knee will continue to wear out and cause pain. We
must address the knee pain and the underlying cause to fully correct the
Hall, DC, is the owner of Back 2 Health Physical Medicine, located at 588 Old
Mt. Holly Rd., in Goose Creek. They combine these effective medical treatments
with physical therapy and chiropractic care. For appointments or more
information, call 843-376-5595 or visit Back2HealthSC.com