Knee Pain is one of the most common pain frustrations and will eventually happen to everyone as they age. In many cases the soft tissue in our knees will develop osteoarthritis due to wear and tear, old injuries, and overuse. This is basically degeneration of the knee joint cartilage. In other patients knee pain is a function of mechanics and we can reduce that pain with therapy, braces and orthotics.
Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery and Get Relief
In as little as eight weeks, your knee pain may be reduced – or possibly eliminated – without a lifetime dependency on oral medications or knee replacement surgery. It is important that you take an active role in the treatment of your Osteoarthritis (OA) and in prevention of additional joint damage. There are steps you can take to lower your risk for developing osteoarthritis and our physical therapist will develop a series of exercises to strengthen the knee joint. The most important thing you can do if you suspect you have any form of arthritis is to get a proper diagnosis and begin early, aggressive treatment.
Knee Pain Treatment - Viscosupplementation
Viscosupplementation is a procedure that involves live x-ray guided injection of natural and synthetic gel like fluid into the knee joint. These are know as hyaluronates and work to provide a higher level of viscosity within the knee. By increasing the lubrication in the knee joint this will eliminate the friction from bone and cartilage thus eliminating pain. The long term result is lower pain levels, higher mobility, and nearly reverses osteoarthritis.
Tips to help with Knee Pain: 5 Key Methods
Five methods you can use to improve the health of your knees so that the pain starts to subside include the following: Weight Loss, Regular Stretches, Strength Exercises, Attention to Feet, and Posture.
- Weight Loss: Osteoarthritis of the knees is 4 to 5 times more common in people who are overweight. Keep in mind that it’s much easier to lose weight using a two-pronged approach: proper nutrition and regular calorie-burning. Regarding the latter, try bicycling, elliptical trainers, or water aerobics to remove as much knee strain as possible. Regarding the former, proper nutrition means whole grains and plenty of fresh produce; and of course, reduce portion sizes.
- Regular Stretches: Weakness or tightness in any of our muscles creates general imbalances in how our bodies function. Stretch both the glutes and the inner thighs, both the hamstrings and the hip abductors.
- Strength Exercises: Weakness in the muscles of the hips and butt are often part of what’s aggravating the knees. Hip extensions can help greatly.
- Attention to Feet: Women can strain their knees greatly by wearing the wrong shoes. In fact, the pressure on the knees increases almost 25% with high heels; which also cause the calves to tighten, worsening the situation. Exercise footwear should also be replaced on a regular basis.
- Posture: Posture will help greatly. Yoga is one possibility, but whatever you do, focus on the core. If your abdomen isn’t strong, your knees will be placed under greater duress. Core strengthening exercises include age-old favorites such as stomach crunches; more enjoyable possibilities include dancing, or kickboxing.