Knee pain

Posted June, 2008

The knee is a surprisingly fragile joint. It's subject to wearing of the soft tissue that cushions it from impacts, prone to sprains, and as we age the ligaments that hold it together can begin to ache from the loads they experience. If you allow yourself to get "out of shape" you may find your knees complaining much more than they should.

There are several remedies for this and for many other knee pain issues. Soft tissue pain usually responds to Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (called TENS) of the precise area that's experiencing pain. TENS may often provide pain relief for light knee injuries or from some chronic knee soft tissue pain.

In addition to TENS there's a potentially revolutionary treatment for any ligaments suffering from microscopic tears (a common cause of things like tennis elbow and also the condition behind many sore knees) called proliferant therapy. This well-established and very safe technique involves injecting a beneficial cellular energy source and a small quantity of "irritant" into the afflicted area.

The effect of Prolotherapy over time after the full series of procedures is the growth of new and healthy ligament cells, thus reinforcing the injured joint. These naturally-generated repairs and the subsequent improvement in the joint's usability relieves stress on the strained tissue. The patient can, after the full treatment and healing process runs its course, often return to fully normal use of the problem joint.

(Note that the full number of injections required varies by degree of pain, the weakness in the joint, and the particular body area being repaired.)

There's some initial discomfort due to the inflammation that's actually in intended part of the healing process. After the inflammation subsides the final result is typically a significant and very recognizable improvement in the strength of the weakened ligaments. The patient will then be able to exercise in order to further improve muscle tone. Muscles in the vicinity of the sore tissue may have atrophied due to changes in the way the patient used the joint (or more likely, avoided using it). Staying active is one of the best ways of reducing or eliminating many causes of stiffness and joint pain.

If you're suffering from knee, ankle, or other similar lower extremity pain and have not been able to get relief from over-the-counter treatments, or your knee or other joint frequently seems "sore" (and you've not been diagnosed with arthritic joint disease) please contact our office to discuss your knee pain issues. Your knee may be responsive to any of the several well-proven techniques we perform that relieve such pain.