Does Cold Laser Therapy Help Ease ‘Bone On Bone’ Knee Pain?
‘Bone on Bone’ knee pain is probably the most common condition that I get asked about either from individuals that don’t want knee surgery or are not candidates for knee replacement surgery. At the DFW Spine & Joint Center our Cold Laser Knee Program has helped hundreds of patients avoid knee surgery. It is not unusual for individuals to complete treatments with 50-80% less pain, more mobility, and an overall better quality of life.
Let me be clear, if you are suffering from ‘bone on bone’ knee pain the pain isn’t directly due to a lack of cartilage in the knee. (Cartilage doesn’t have any nerve endings therefore there are no nerve fibers to transmit pain. For example, there are a lucky few that have been diagnosed with ‘bone on bone’ and do not have any knee pain. The only thing they experience is weakness in the knee joint). Instead, ‘bone on bone knee pain’ is due to the nerve endings in the bone being irritated. Overactive or irritated nerve fibers are the main reason a patient feels pain. Many times people will complain of pain and tenderness on the bone itself or in severe cases a patient will complain of a burning or searing type pain. Either way, cold laser therapy helps eliminate/reduce ‘bone on bone’ knee pain through several different processes. The following list is just some of the events that occur with cold laser therapy to help decrease knee pain.
- There is an increase in Endorphins
- Cold laser therapy reduces excitation or irritation of C-fibers (the sensory nerve fibers that transmit pain)
- Cold laser therapy stimulates and increases Nitric Oxide production. Nitric oxide is important because it helps normalize cell action potential and indirectly vasodilates nerve cells which enhances oxygenation.
- Restores and Increases nerve cell action potential. Cold laser therapy allows the action potential to be restored in nerves thereby decreasing the constant ‘firing’ of the nerves.
- Bradykinin levels decrease. By reducing bradykinin levels this results in pain reduction.
- There’s an increase in the release of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine helps normalize nerve signal transmission which in turn helps reduce of pain.
- There is a normalization of ion channels. Cold Laser therapy promotes normalization of Ca++, NA+, K+ concentrations resulting in pain reduction.
Mr. George B., an 81 year old Lewisville resident is a good example of a patient who completed care at the DFW Spine & Joint Center because of severe bone on bone knee pain. He was told by his orthopedic surgeon that his knees were ‘bone on bone’ and that he needed both knees replaced. The following is what he had to say about his condition and Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program:
“I had severe pain in both knees anytime I attempted to get up from a chair or whenever I would go up and down stairs. I tried cortisone injections and I had the fluid drained from me knees, [but it didn’t really help me]. I also had to use crutches when my knees were really hurting just to walk around. I had arthroscopic knee surgery in 1976 to clean out my knee and clean the bone chips from my right knee, and I was told that I would need knee replacements because I was ‘bone on bone’ but I never went through with the knee replacement surgery. Since completing Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program I can now climb down stairs much easier and also I don’t have as much of a problem walking on rough or uneven surfaces. I also can get up from a seated position with less pain in my knees. I am pleased with the ‘big’ improvements that have taken place.”
Another patient who sought Dr. Schnee’s help to avoid knee surgery was Jill V., a 61 year old from Plano, Texas. Ms. V. was diagnosed with arthritis, a meniscus tear, a Baker’s Cyst and ‘bone on bone’ and after completing Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser treatments she can now walk without knee pain, climb stairs without any effort, and she can sit and get up from a chair or bed without hesitation. According to Ms. V. after completing the treatments, “[I] Pretty much, [do] anything I want to do.”
These are just two examples out of the hundreds of patients diagnosed with ‘bone on bone’ knee pain that have successfully completed Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program and were able to avoid knee surgery. Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program is not for everyone. It is specifically for patients searching for non-invasive alternatives to knee surgery, medications, and knee injections. It’s for patients suffering from chronic knee pain that want to avoid knee surgery or have post surgical knee pain.
There are patients who are not candidates for Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program and have no other option but to undergo knee surgery. To find out if you’re a candidate for Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program call the DFW Spine & Joint Center at 214-596-1051.
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Dr. Alexandra Schnee, BS, DC-Dallas- Fort Worth’s Cold Laser Doctor for the Non-Surgical Treatment of Knee Pain – “ Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program Has Been Helping People Suffering From Knee Pain With Cold Laser Therapy Since 2001 at the DFW Spine & Joint Center in Irving, Texas.”
Richard Martin, BS, CLT. Laser-Accelerated Inflammation/Pain Reduction and Healing. Practical Pain Management, Nov/Dec 2003.
Dr. Schnee, D.C. shares information on how her Cold Laser Therapy Knee Program Helps Relieve ‘Bone on Bone’ Knee Pain in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.