Dallas Knee Doctor Discusses Alternative Knee Treatments for Knee Pain
Dallas Knee Doctor Discusses Alternative Knee Treatments for Knee Pain
Most knee pain sufferers are searching for alternative knee treatment
options to help with knee pain relief. Luckily, there are many different non-invasive treatments available that have been proven to reduce or temporarily relieve chronic or acute knee pain. Advancements in medical technology and simple trial and error have shown that the following methods may be effective in helping to reduce the pain many people feel in their knees.
Medications- Temporary Knee Pain Relief
Over the counter pain relievers and prescription pain medicine may offer short term relief for those suffering from acute knee pain. Medications allow our bodies to endure the pain associated with knee injuries, arthritis, and cartilage damage. Moreover, medications provide enough short term relief so that a more effective long term solution can be implemented.
Over-the-counter medications like pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medication and corticosteroids are never meant to be used long term. If used long term our bodies become immune to their effects and they can cause damage to major organs and tissues.
Talk to your primary care doctor about which over the counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications can help treat your knee pain temporarily. Again, take advantage of the short term relief that medications provide which will allow you to find more effective long term solutions to treating your knee problem.
There are basically two types of knee injections. The first is a cortisone or steroid injection
which is designed to temporarily relieve pain by reducing inflammation or swelling in the knee. Individuals diagnosed with a meniscus tear or a baker’s cyst might get temporary relief with this type of injection. A maximum of three injections are recommended on an annual basis due to the side effects of cortisone.
The second type of knee injection
is ‘gel’ injection. This is where a viscosupplement is injected into the knee to help relieve mild to moderate arthritis pain. The theory behind a viscosupplement is that it’s supposed to help lubricate the joint. If it does help the joint, relief lasts for about six months. A gel injection should not be used if there is swelling present, and should only be used once other conservative measures have been unsuccessful. There are several different drug companies that manufacture viscosupplements: while some require only one injection others may require a series of three to five injections.
Heat and Ice – Hot / Cold therapy Relieves Knee Pain
If hot and cold therapy is used at the appropriate times it can really help relieve chronic and acute knee pain. Many people get confused whether they should use a cold pack or a heating pad to help relieve their pain. The following rules should be used when deciding which treatment to use.
- An ice pack should be used with acute knee pain (a new knee injury), and a heating pad should be used with chronic knee problems (knee pain that has lasted for several months). If in doubt- use an ice pack.
- Since cold/ice compresses reduce swelling and inflammation use an ice pack for 20 minutes every two hours if your knee is swollen. If you use a heating pad and you have swelling in your knee it will make it worse.
- A heating pad should be used if you experience stiffness or range of motion problems. Ten minutes of heat every two hours will help to relax the muscles attached to your knee and increase the blood circulation, which naturally helps heal muscles and tissues by providing nutrients to these body parts.
Ask your primary doctor if using a heating pad or an ice pack is better for your knee, and don’t forget to ask them how much time they recommend you use them for to help ease your knee pain.
Assistive devices- A Knee Brace or an Orthotic May Do the Trick
There are many assistive devices available such as knee braces and orthotics which can really reduce the impact on your knees thereby providing knee pain relief. You don’t have to purchase a fancy knee brace to get the support your knee needs. Visit the drugstore or purchase a slip on knee brace online. A knee brace will help support and protect the knee from further injury.
In addition, shoe inserts, often called orthotics, are highly effective in reducing the pressure on your knees. Another simple solution is to look at the type of shoes you are wearing. You need to wear high-impact absorbing shoes in order to cushion the impact on your knees.
Mental Health- Staying Positive May Ease Knee Pain
Another thing most people don’t consider is their mental health in regards to providing some relief to knee pain. Studies have been confirmed that people with a positive outlook tend to release more natural endorphins throughout their bodies daily. These hormones are specifically released to manage pain and provide feelings of euphoria in the human body. Try to remain positive and you may notice some improvements in your knee pain (and your overall health).
Finally, A Better Solution to Knee Pain—Cold Laser Therapy for Knee Pain Relief
If your knee pain is due to a sprain/strain then medications, ice/heat therapy, a knee brace, and staying positive may actually help eliminate the pain. However, if you’re like most knee pain sufferers then the pain will return once you stop taking the pain medication or discontinue using an ice pack. Unfortunately, these typically are short term solutions.
On the other hand, Cold laser therapy
is another alternative for those searching for a more sustainable, non-invasive, non-surgical knee treatment. Unlike these other options, cold laser therapy must be performed in a healthcare provider’s office, by a licensed physician who specializes in this type of knee treatment. This therapy requires no hospitalization, is painless, safe, and the results are typically not temporary.
The purpose of cold laser therapy is to help stimulate and heal the tissue that is injured or damaged thereby eliminating pain and inflammation at its source. It does this by using a specific wavelength of light that interacts with tissues on a cellular level.
Cold laser therapy treatments are completed over a series of time. The number of treatments you need depends on the knee condition and the length of time you’ve had the problem.
In summary, the upside to cold laser treatments is that there are no side effects, and for most the benefits from the treatments are long term. For this treatment to be effective you must find a healthcare practitioner that specializes in cold laser therapy for the knee joint.
About the author:
Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, D.C. offers cold laser therapy for knee pain at the DFW Spine and Joint Center in Irving, Texas -a suburb of Dallas – Fort Worth. Dr. Schnee is an author, researcher, and is one of the leading doctors in the Dallas, Fort Worth area for cold laser therapy for the treatment of knee pain. She has helped hundreds of knee pain sufferers avoid knee surgery and can be contacted by calling 214-596-1051.
Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, D.C.
DFW Spine & Joint Center
3401 W. Airport Freeway Suite 101
Irving, Texas 75062