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Common Conditions That Contribute to Knee Pain

If you have ever suffered from regular knee pain, then you likely understand exactly how debilitating it can be. We see many patients that have pain when they walk, pivot or move from seated to standing position. Certain movements, such as sudden turns or twists can cause even more damage. And we know what happens when there is more damage – usually a longer recovery to go along with it. 

Several factors contribute to knee pain, so it is important to understand WHY you are experiencing pain to find the best solution. Remember - your knees bear the brunt of nearly every movement you make, and over time this can contribute to a variety of painful degenerative conditions including:

Of course, your knee pain might also be due to a structural imbalance elsewhere in your body that can affect your muscle function and tension. Athletes increase their risk of knee pain due to the additional stress they place on their knees and other joints while competing and/or training for a sport. This does not necessarily exclude our “weekend warriors,” you know, those who are spending weekends with a lot of activity – such as running, hiking, skiing, etc. Then there is the other side of the equation - if you are overweight or lead a sedentary lifestyle, you also increase your risk of knee pain. Sounds like a “lose-lose” situation, right?

Common Symptoms with Knee Complaints

Most of the patients that find their way to our office who suffer from knee pain have experienced a gradual onset of symptoms – usually tiny “whispers” that something is not quite right. Some of the symptoms or “whispers” to watch for specifically, include general stiffness in the joint, swelling and/or redness anywhere around the knee, crunching/popping sounds with movement, instability and/or weakness. Another consideration is that if you have pressure or pain when you attempt to full straighten your knee, then please consider having your knee evaluated before the problem worsens.

Conservative/Natural Solutions to Address Knee Pain

Knee problems of all types are best treated with a conservative approach with minimal side-effects, such as regenerative medicine, physical rehabilitation and chiropractic care whose focus is to address the root cause of your knee pain. Although a typical treatment cycle with most physicians include anti-inflammatories and/or pain medication, these do not address the underlying cause. Given these medications can dull your body’s awareness to pain - you can end up causing even more damage. Needless to say, knee replacement surgery is invasive and requires a long recovery – many times leaving the patient with residual pain and the risks of infection.

These potential risks can be avoided when you opt for conservative treatments – especially regenerative medicine. The regenerative medicine treatments we use in our practice include cells collected from donated umbilical cords containing a substance called Wharton’s Jelly. Wharton’s Jelly is the largest single source of mesenchymal stem cells in the human body and is often referred to as “Holy Grail” when it comes to repairing damage – especially in arthritis. The umbilical cords we use to source cells are donated by healthy moms after a healthy birth and they are regulated by the American Association of Tissue banks.

Another regenerative treatment we use in our practice is something called Platelet-Rich Plasma, often referred to as simply PRP therapy. This procedure involves taking blood from the patient, spinning it down in the centrifuge and separating it into platelet rich and platelet poor plasma. They inject the Platelet-Rich Plasma into the affected area. It’s important to clarify that PRP is not injecting stem cells into the area – rather, it is a procedure to help your own body recognize the need to send your stem cells into the area for repair. It is not uncommon to use PRP with our regenerative medicine procedures primarily to help maximize the effectiveness. 

The key to consider with regenerative medicine is that these treatments have virtually no side effects and very little downtime, which means you can alleviate your pain in the least invasive way possible to help get you back to the activities most important to you.

 If you have been suffering from sore knees and want a conservative solution that will help improve the quality of your life, contact us today at 540-343-0055 to schedule a consultation.

 

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