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Baker’s Cyst Pain Relief | Dr. Schnee’s Knee Treatment Dallas, TX
If there is a pre-existing meniscus tear or if there is arthritis in the knee joint, and the joint get irritated or injured in some way then the knee may produce excess fluid. If the knee produces more fluid then it can get rid of, and that fluid fills the bursa or sac in the back of the knee the condition is called a baker’s cyst. A baker’s cyst or popliteal cyst is when synovial fluid (joint fluid) accumulates in the back of the knee.
Signs and Symptoms:
If a baker’s cyst is small in size it may go unnoticed, but as it grows it becomes more symptomatic. A baker’s cyst can get so large that it looks like a ‘tumor’ in the back of the knee, and oftentimes patient’s mistaken it for a blood clot.
Patients with a baker’s cyst will often complain of pain, tightness, and swelling in the back of the knee. The pain may become more severe at night and when the knee is in a bent or in an extended position. Patients may also experience pain in the back of the leg.
Aspirating the fluid from a baker’s cyst is unproductive because the fluid will return. Surgery is never recommended for removing a baker’s cyst since it is a secondary reaction to arthritis or a meniscus tear in the knee joint. Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ has clinically shown remarkable improvements in helping patients experience knee pain relief diagnosed with a baker’s cyst.
Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™: Baker’s Cyst Pain Relief :
The following reviews are from patients who had pain in the back of their knee and leg and were diagnosed with a baker’s cyst.
After completing Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program ™ Mr. W. was able to complete a FULL marathon in October 2011.
“My biggest issue was stiffness and pain behind the knee (Baker’s Cyst). As a runner my knee was sore and stiff when I started to run. But both of those issues reduced after I got further into my run BUT after my run I would have pain and stiffness again. Steps were very difficult, bending, and kneeling was also difficult. I had arthroscopic on this same knee 2 years ago. I didn’t even consider surgery this time as an option, and I was looking for an alternative knee treatment to surgery. I found Dr. Schnee by reading about her knee program on the Internet. I am extremely pleased with this knee treatment. I would and have recommended it to others, not only for knees but other issues. Dr. Schnee and the entire staff are awesome! I really appreciate Dr. Schnee’s willingness to work with me in my desire to continue to run.” M.W., Fort Worth, Texas
After completing Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program ™ the following patient was able to sleep through the night without pain in the back of her knee.
“The pain in back of my left knee was constant. Even when lying with my leg propped up it was throbbing. This caused me to have knee pain at night and difficulty sleeping. It was just wearing me out physically and mentally.
I could not walk for any great distance without stopping to rest and when getting up from a chair I had to stand before I could take a step because my knee would lock. I had been to my primary care physician and she sent me for an ultrasound, then referred me to an orthopedic who sent me for an MRI, then she sent me back to my primary care physician…I was using pain medication twice a day, rubbing my knee and leg with all kinds of knee pain medication. I was also using the stick on patches that are supposed to give you relief- all in vain.
After starting Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program I had some relief after my very first cold laser treatment. Cold laser therapy solved the majority of the swelling in my knee and leg. I’m not back to walking on the treadmill or using my elliptical but other than that I’m back to normal. When I stretch out at night I thank God that the knee pain is gone and I’m able to sleep. I get up, get dressed and go off to work with a great attitude and pain free.
Dr. Schnee and her great staff were professional, caring and welcoming. It was a very positive experience for me. She warned me that 100% recovery might not be possible but we would try for 90-95% improvement and I am confident that I am 90% improved. I have NO pain except if I over extend myself and I have very little swelling. It was a very positive experience.” B. D., Euless, Texas
If you have been diagnosed with a baker’s cyst aka popliteal cyst, and you have pain behind the knee or leg, and you live in the Dallas, Fort Worth or surrounding areas; then Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ may be able to help you.
Call the DFW Spine & Joint Center at 214-596-1051 or to read more about Dr. Schnee’s Knee Treatment program or to read more reviews visit http://www.HelpMyKneePain.com
Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, D.C.- The Cold Laser Doctor™ – “Since 2001, Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ has been helping patients with knee pain- without knee surgery, medications, and knee injections in the Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding areas.”
Knee treatment in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas helps patients get knee pain relief from baker’s cyst pain (pain behind the knee). Knee treatment is non-surgical, painless, and does not involve injections.
Dallas, TX- Knee Replacements, Knee Osteoarthritis on the Rise
According to research presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, over 6.5 million Americans between the ages of 35 and 84 are expected to be diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis in the next decade. Nearly half of those diagnosed will be individuals between the ages of 45 and 64. This of course will increase the number of total knee replacements and will place an additional burden on our already troubled health care system.
Head author of the study, Dr. Elena Losina, Ph-D and coordinator of the Orthropeadic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston explained that the mean age of physician diagnosed knee osteoarthritis fell from 72 in the 1990’s to 56 years of age in 2010. “The large number of newly developed cases of knee osteoarthritis in younger individuals will lead to continued increases in the use of total knee replacements. Furthermore, our findings are consistent with the recently observed tripling of total knee replacements in 45-65 year olds in the United States…”
Dr. Losina and her colleagues believe the increase in the number of knee osteoarthritis in younger people is due to the rise in obesity and the number of knee injuries in the United States.
The National Institutes of Health funded this study.
Dr. Schnee’s Perspective:
The companies that manufacture knee replacement parts are ‘jumping for joy’ after hearing about this news. (Of course they knew it all along. It’s impossible for a country to have an obesity epidemic, and NOT have a rise in knee osteoarthritis and total knee replacements). It’s discouraging that the United States hasn’t lead the way in finding a ‘replacement’ too costly knee joint replacements. It is even more frustrating that Medicare and some other health care companies refuse to pay for effective, less costly ‘alternative’ medications and treatments; but are happy to pay for medications that have been rushed through FDA clearance (and have horrible side-effects), a $60,000 knee replacement, and gel injections- where the results remain inconclusive.
Perhaps we should start following the lead of other countries like Scotland, and Germany who WANT to find alternatives to costly knee replacements, so they’ve been studying adult (not embryonic) stem cells as a way to replace cartilage in the knee joint so that they can reduce the number of total knee joint replacements in the population.
For years the Koreans, Chinese, and the Japanese people have been using acupuncture, supplements, cold laser therapy and other alternative practices to relieve knee pain- in their hospitals! The Norwegian healthcare system, in a study led by Dr. Jan M. Bjordal, M.D., found that cold laser therapy eased osteoarthritis knee pain and was twice as effective as NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and it saved the system money. So guess what? In Norway, Cold laser therapy earned a top spot as a treatment recommendation for patients suffering from osteoarthritis knee pain.
Our healthcare system has to change: Medicare and some other health insurance companies need to stop being dictated by ‘big pharma’ and start paying for treatments that we know are effective, have the research to back them, and are significantly less costly to our healthcare system. Let’s start with cold laser therapy.
To find out more about Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ call the DFW Spine & Joint Center at 214-596-1051 or visit http://www.Helpmykneepain.com
Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, D.C. – The Cold Laser Doctor™ for knee pain relief for the non-surgical treatment of knee pain for the Dallas, Fort Worth and Surrounding Texas Areas. “Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ has been helping knee pain sufferers without knee injections, medications, or knee surgery since 2001.”
Dallas knee pain relief doctor shares alarming study which shows knee replacements, knee osteoarthritis on the rise, and why our healthcare system has to change.
To read the entire abstract go to http://www.rheumatology.org/about/newsroom/
Knee Osteoarthritis Risk Depends on Shape of Knee
Jan Waarsing and her colleagues, researchers from the Netherlands, compared the knee shapes of women diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis (oa) to those without arthritis. There were 606 participants used in the study, and x-rays were used to view the shapes of womens knees.
The researchers found three key differences in the knee shape of women with knee oa versus those without knee osteoarthritis:
- Those with knee arthritis had a wider knee on x-ray (wider femoral and tibial bone).
- They also found that those with arthritic knees had raised lateral tibial plateaus (the outer part of the shin bone was higher).
- Also osteoarthritis knee patients extended their knees more on the x-ray than those without knee oa.
More studies have to be conducted about how knee shape affects knee osteoarthritis, but with these new findings researchers hope that this could help predict knee osteoarthritis in patients and offer early knee treatment and counseling to those with knee osteoarthritis in hopes to manage its progression.
Knee Osteoarthritis Facts:
-The Arthritis Foundation stated that women are at greater risk than men for developing oa. Moreover, a 2010 study found that women were likely to develop arthritic knees after the age of forty.
- The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recently reported that more people limit their activity with a diagnosis of arthritis then those with diabetes, cancer, or heart disease.
-One in three people diagnosed with arthritis in the US have difficulty functioning at work.
-Arthritis Today Magazine reports that exercise eases osteoarthritis knee pain; however, most people discontinue exercising because they confuse muscle pain soreness with knee joint pain.
If you have been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis, are searching for knee pain relief, and live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area then Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee may be able to help you. Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ provides relief for those with chronic knee pain, by decreasing inflammation, and improving mobility in the knee. Dr. Schnee’s program is painless and safe. Most importantly, it does not involve surgery, injections or medications. To find out more about her program visit http://www.Helpmykneepain.com or call the DFW Spine & Joint Center at 214-596-1051.
Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, D.C.- The Cold Laser Doctor™ for the Non-Invasive Treatment of Knee Pain for the Dallas, Fort Worth Texas and Surrounding areas – “ Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ has been helping chronic knee pain sufferers experience knee pain relief since 2001.”
Knee osteoarthritis risk rises depending on shape of knee. Dallas-Fort Worth cold laser therapy knee pain relief doctor Alexandra Schnee, D.C. shares study and knee treatment option.
Knee Replacement Surgery Outcomes Affected by Pain Meds
A study recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery reported that patients taking pain medications (narcotic pain relievers) prior to knee replacement surgery experienced worse results then those not taking pain meds.
The study showed that those taking pain meds prior to knee replacement surgery had more difficulty recovering after knee surgery, had longer hospital stays, experienced more knee pain after the replacement, had more complications, and were more likely to need additional knee surgeries then those not dependent on pain medications.
Michael A. Mont, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, and lead researcher in the study, expected that the research would show that opioid users would have more difficulty dealing with knee replacement surgery then those not taking pain medications. However, he was surprised to discover how great the differences between the two groups ended up being. He stated, “Previous studies have found that patients who use opioids are more dissatisfied after [knee replacement] surgery…but these are more powerful finding since patients [who use pain meds] require additional [knee] surgeries. This is a topic our orthopedic community and other care providers need to address together.”
Dr. Mont along with the co-authors of the study suggested that surgeons consider the following procedures prior to performing knee replacement surgery on patients.
1) Slowly weaning patients off opioid pain medications.
2) Prescribing non-opioid medications.
3) Considering non-pharmacological alternatives as part a pain management strategy.
The Bottom Line:
There are several non-pharmacological alternatives to treating severe knee pain. Some are more effective than others, but you must talk to your doctor before discontinuing any medication. If you live in the Dallas – Fort Worth or surrounding areas one option to consider is Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™. Dr. Schnee’s Knee Program, is a unique system, which combines non-surgical cold laser therapy along with physiotherapy, to help relieve knee pain. It is considered a safe, painless, and non-pharmacological option for patients who are searching for knee pain relief.
Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, D.C.-is considered an authority in the field of cold laser therapy for the treatment of knee pain, and offers knee treatments in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the Irving area. “Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™- knee pain relief without knee surgery since 2001.”
To contact Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, D.C. at the DFW Spine & Joint Center call 214-596-1051 or visit http://www.HelpMyKneePain.com
Study: pain meds adversely affect knee replacement surgery outcomes. Try non drug alternatives before having knee surgery. Dallas knee pain relief doctor shares info.
Chondromalacia Patella – New Study Indicates Knee Osteoarthritis Targets the Patellofemoral Joint
Years ago it was thought that only 10% of the population suffered with osteoarthritis behind the knee cap (or chondromalacia patella). A recent study released at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis indicates that this percentage is probably a lot higher than once believed.
First Let’s Define Chondromalacia Patella:
The back of the knee cap and the front of thigh bone make up the patellofemoral joint. When there is osteoarthritis (cartilage loss or cartilage damage) behind the knee cap this condition is called chondromalacia patella. There are different stages of chondromalacia patella depending on the severity. Grade I is the least severe and Grade IV is the most severe form of osteoarthritis. For example, if a doctor informs you that you have grade II chondromalacia patella it indicates that you have moderate osteoarthritis between the knee cap and thigh bone (the patellofemoral joint).
Symptoms of Chondromalacia Patella:
Patients with knee osteoarthritis in the patellofemoral joint (or chondromalacia patella) have difficulty getting up from a chair (typically they need to use their arms to push themselves up), they have difficulty squatting, and stairs are typically a problem to climb. Patients will experience pain behind the knee cap anytime the knee is in a bent position and then extended or vice versa. As the condition becomes more severe it will eventually affect the tibiofemoral joint (the joint that is formed between the thigh bone and shin bone). This is why most people have osteoarthritis in both the patellofemoral joint (again the joint formed between the knee cap and thigh bone) AND the tibiofemoral joint.
Most Conventional Knee Treatments for Chondromalacia Have a High Failure Rate…
Most orthopedic surgeons will not focus on the patellofemoral joint because most of the traditional knee treatments available have fairly high failure rates averaging about 30%. Instead surgeons focus on the tibiofemoral joint (the joint that is formed from the thigh bone and shin bone) but a recent study released at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis which involved 970 people found that more people had cartilage damage at the patellofemoral joint then the tibiofemoral joint.
The National Institutes of Health and the Arthritis Foundation funded the study headed by Dr. Joshua Stefanik Ph.D., a research associate in Boston University’s Clinical Epidemiology, Research and Training Unit; and Dr. David Hunter, a professor of medicine at the University of Sydney.
There were 970 people randomly recruited from the community for the Framingham (Mass.) Osteoarthritis Study. The mean age was 63.4 and only 22% complained of knee pain. An MRI was performed and found that 20.4% of the 970 people had cartilage damage in the patellofemoral joint versus only 10.4% had damage in the tibiofemoral joint, and finally 44.2% had damage in both joints.
More People Have Chondromalacia Patella Then Previously Believed…
“Historically everybody (clinicians) focuses on the tibiofemoral joint, (so) we are probably missing a lot of disease.”
Since this study clearly indicates that knee osteoarthritis targets cartilage behind the knee cap it is time to change how doctors manage and treat the knee joint.
One Conservative Knee Treatment Option May Be…
Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ is a possible knee treatment in Dallas ; an option for those suffering from knee osteoarthritis (in the patellofemoral joint or the tibiofemoral joint) and want to avoid knee surgery, knee injections, and pain pills. Dr. Alexandra Schnee, D.C. practices in Irving, Texas a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas at the DFW Spine & Joint Center. To receive information about her cold laser knee treatment program visit http://www.Helpmykneepain.com
Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, D.C. – The Cold Laser Knee Doctor for the Non-Surgical Treatment of Knee Pain for the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Area. “ Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ has been helping patients with knee pain relief without knee surgery or knee injections since 2001.”
Explanation of chondromalacia patella knee pain and study that indicates its more prevalent then intitially thought. Knee treatment in Dallas-Fort Worth available to ease pain.