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Knee Pain and Dysfunction

At one time or another, most of us will have had some sort of knee dysfunction or pain. After all, we use our knees on a daily basis. And because the knee is a weight-bearing joint, athletic individuals and overweight people are more prone to knee pain and injuries.

Knee pain can develop suddenly or come on over a period of time. The acute or sudden pain may be the result of a fall or mistep. And pain that develops chronically over time may be the result of an acute injury that never healed correctly. Chronic conditions are the most common cause of knee pain and dysfunction, and the culprit is very often arthritis.

Degenerative Joint Disease and Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects most of us as we age, steadily wearing away the smooth cartilage that caps the ends of our long bones. That cartilage is essential for proper motion and function of the joint. The wearing down of the joint can be accelerated by overuse in playing sports, physically demanding jobs, walking, excessive sitting (which increases the pressure within the knee) or just over time through daily wear and tear.

Referred pain, which occurs when a ligament injury or weakness in one part of the body cause pain in another part, may also be involved.

Knee Pain Treatments

Knee pain will often go away on its on. Heat, ice, massage, PT, acupuncture, chiropractic, laser, and other treatments may help to resolve the pain. But when these treatments do not work, Regenerative Orthopedics, such as Stem Cell Therapy, PRP, and Prolotherapy are excellent non-surgical treatment solutions. And they can get you back to doing what you love without the need for extended time off.

Even if you have a partial tear in a ligament or tendon, Regenerative Orthopedics can successfully resolve the injury without the need for surgery. If the tear is complete, surgery is necessary. Regenerative Orthopedics are the safest and most effective treatment options for the repair of ligaments, tendons, and cartilage damage.

Many of my patients have had surgery, but still experience pain. Regenerative Orthopedics is still able to help even if you have already had surgery. But if surgery is being recommended, consider the alternative. Give us a call at 310-453-1234.

Read the full article from the Townsend Letter below.

Knee Pain

Knee Pain and Dysfunction

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