Dallas Knee Doctor Discusses Alternative Knee Treatments for Knee Pain

By · October 3, 2012 · Filed in Knee Pain · 1 Comment »
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.
Knee Injections!?
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
Phone: 214-596-1051
Website: http://www.Helpmykneepain.com
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Botched Knee Surgery Along with Substandard Care Leaves Patient with Amputated Leg

By · December 28, 2010 · Filed in Knee Surgery · 1 Comment »

In November, the Dallas Morning News published an article about Jessie Mae Ned, a former employee of Parkland Hospital whose knee replacement surgery and after-care went horribly wrong. In 2008, Ms. Ned went to Parkland Hospital for total knee replacement surgery to ‘fix’ an arthritic knee.  Unfortunately, because the knee surgery was botched by a surgeon in training and substandard post-surgical care was given to her by an unlicensed medical student- who never recognized Ms. Ned’s leg was suffering from post surgical trauma- she ended up having to get her left leg amputated.

Since the Dallas Morning News wrote the story the premier accreditation group, The Joint Commission, which is a non-profit group that oversees health care safety standards, is investigating Parkland Hospital about this incident.  According to the commission Parkland is cooperating with the investigation.

Ms. Ned has endured over twenty four surgeries over a 16 month period of time, this has left Ms. Ned penniless and with over one million dollars in Medicaid bills.

Obviously, Ms. Ned’s life will never be the same again.  She only elected to get a knee replacement because she thought that it would improve the quality of her life.  Unfortunately, there is no such thing as MINOR surgery, and as a result there is always the possibility of serious, potential life-altering consequences when you go under the knife.

Never ‘raise your hand’ to have elective knee surgery unless the condition is life threatening and you’ve exhausted all conservative options-including cold laser therapy.

If you are suffering from knee pain and you want to avoid knee surgery then Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program may be able to help you.  Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program combines non-invasive cold laser therapy along with non-weight bearing exercises and other modalities to help eliminate knee pain and strengthen the knee.

If you live in the Dallas, Fort Worth or surrounding areas call our office at 214- 596-1051 to find out if you’re a candidate for Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program.

Or if you would like more information about Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program fill out the form on the right side of this screen to get your FREE report mailed to you entitled, Amazing Cold Laser Therapy the Missing Link to Knee Pain Relief!

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Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program Allows Arlington Resident to No Longer Experience Knee Pain from Medial Meniscus Tear and Arthritis of the Knee

By · November 17, 2010 · Filed in Knee Pain, Testimonial · Comments Off

The following story is from Susan S., a physical education teacher from Arlington, Texas.  The MRI of her knee indicated she had a medial meniscus tear, degenerative arthritis of the knee, and fluid/swelling around the knee joint. The orthopedic surgeon wanted to do arthroscopic knee surgery to ‘clean up’ her knee, but Mrs. S knew there was a better option…Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program.

“I had a very swollen right knee and I had a pain level of 9.  I limped severely and had to a take a steroid called prednisone.  I could not walk without limping.   Driving hurt my knee.  I could not walk long distances, hula hoop, dance, or use my Wii for my leg exercises activities.  I had an MRI of my knee [which showed arthritis in the knee and a medial meniscus tear].   I was told [by the orthopedic doctor] that I had to have arthroscopic knee surgery.  I did not like that option.  I researched online for an alternate procedure and found cold laser therapy.  I did not waste any time getting cold laser therapy because I am a physical education teacher.

I am thrilled with the overall experience and my results with Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program.  I feel my overall improvement is 85%.  I’m out of pain.  I do not take any medicine.  I do not limp anymore.  I can bicycle and walk long distances [without experiencing any knee pain].  The swelling in my knee was reduced to less than 20%.  Driving does not hurt my knee. I’m not tired from performing my job anymore.  I’m happy with my results from [Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program].  I highly recommend cold laser therapy for anyone with pain, swelling or knee pain or limping. “

Susan S., Physical Education Teacher, Arlington, Texas

If you live in the Dallas, Fort Worth or surrounding areas call our office at 214- 596-1051 to find out if you’re a candidate for Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program.

Or if you would like more information about Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program fill out the form on the right side of this screen to get your FREE report mailed to you entitled, Amazing Cold Laser Therapy the Missing Link to Knee Pain Relief!

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,-Cold Laser Doctor for Knee Pain Relief for the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas Area-“Helping People with Knee Pain  in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas since 2001.”

 

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“Never Events” on the Rise Make Total Knee Replacement Surgery An Even Riskier ‘Event’

By · November 16, 2010 · Filed in Knee Surgery · Comments Off

According to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid a “Never Event” is defined as “A serious adverse event during inpatient [hospital] stays that should never occur and are reasonably preventable through adherence to evidence based guidelines.”

For instance, operating on the wrong knee or leaving surgical instruments in the patient after surgery are considered “Never Events.”   Recently The Los Angeles Times reported that Placentia-Linda Hospital in California was fined $25,000 after surgeons working at that hospital replaced a patient’s left knee but used a replacement part designed for the right knee.  The patient came in complaining of knee pain 5 months after the surgery was performed and had to undergo a second total knee replacement.

These preventable errors have been on the rise since 2007 and are expected to increase 4% a year according to the AON, the leading global provider of risk management services.

Unfortunately, these mistakes put patients at risk because they must undergo a “revision” knee replacement surgery to fix the first knee surgery.

Regardless of whether an individual has undergone one knee replacement or a revision knee surgery here is a list of just a few of the risks involved when having a total knee replacement.

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Nerve damage
  • Artery damage
  • Loosening of the prosthesis
  • Loss of range of motion in the knee
  • Fracture
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Complications from Anesthesia
  • Allergy to metal
  • Complications from Blood transfusion

Please note:  There is no such thing as ‘minor surgery’ so obviously, some of these risks apply to every surgery- even arthroscopic knee surgery.

If you live in the Dallas, Fort Worth or surrounding areas call our office at 214- 596-1051 to find out if you’re a candidate for Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program.  Or if you would like more information about Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program fill out the form on the right side of this screen to get your FREE report mailed to you entitled, Amazing Cold Laser Therapy the Missing Link to Knee Pain Relief!

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,- Cold Laser Doctor for the Treatment of Knee Pain  for the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas Area-“Helping People with Knee Pain in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas since 2001.”

 

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Chondromalacia Patella and Meniscus Tear Knee Pain is Almost Eliminated Since Completing Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program

By · November 5, 2010 · Filed in Knee Pain, Meniscus Tear, Testimonial · Comments Off

Father Paul drove to Irving every week from Harper, Texas to complete Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program, so that he could avoid having to undergo knee surgery for a meniscus tear and chondromalacia patella.

This is what he had to say about his knee treatments…

 

“The pain was moderate and consistent especially on the IT band (iliotibial band).  I could not kneel [to pray].  I was told that I needed knee surgery [but instead] I took pain pills, I had physical therapy, and one cortisone shot.  [Nothing worked so I decided to try Dr. Schnee’s treatments.]

Since completing Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program I can now walk better, without much pain.  I am very pleased with my results.  The overall percentage of improvement is about 90%.”

Father Paul G., S.O.L.T., Harper, Texas
Medial Meniscus Tear, Chondromalacia Patella, ‘Runner’s Knee’

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S,D.C. – Your Cold Laser Doctor for Non-Surgical Knee Pain Relief in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Surrounding Areas of  Texas – ” Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program Has Been Helping People in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Surrounding Texas Areas Get Non-Surgical Knee Pain Relief Since 2001.”

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Use What Works For Treating Knee Pain-Conventional VS. Alternative Knee Treatments

By · October 26, 2010 · Filed in Cold Laser Therapy, Knee Pain · 1 Comment »

I came across an e-mail today from a former patient who I had treated in 2007 for knee pain from a meniscus tear.  He wrote to me saying that my Cold Laser treatment program ‘fixed his knee right up’ and he hasn’t had any problems in his knee since.  He continued to write, “Everyone in Wichita Falls including my primary care doctor knows about you, and how your cold laser knee program saved me from knee surgery.”

This news alone gave me a sense of satisfaction.

Nothing makes me happier then to have former patients writing me saying that they have no more knee pain after completing my Cold Laser Knee Program.

Even though I have hundreds of success stories from individuals telling me that their able to avoid knee surgery after completing my treatment program;   I am a realist and I know that not all patients will respond to care.  Just like not everyone will respond to knee surgery.  Sometimes the solution to your knee pain isn’t clear cut, and it needs multiple methods to treat it.  There are conditions in which using ‘alternative’ treatments like cold laser therapy; in conjunction with ‘conventional’ medicine can be the best solutions for treating your knee pain.

For example, I consulted with an individual years ago that had no choice but to get knee surgery because he had a bucket handle tear (a rare type of meniscus tear that causes mechanical instability and a great deal of pain).  While the surgery corrected the instability in the knee it didn’t relieve him of all of the pain, tightness, and swelling around the ligaments and muscles. So three months after he had knee surgery he started my cold laser knee program.  And at the end of five weeks he was pain-free and the swelling was completely gone.   In this case by using a combination of both conventional and ‘alternative’ treatments his orthopedic doctor and I were able to get him the best results.

The bottom line is you should do whatever works! Obviously, if your condition allows, leave knee surgery as the final option after all conservative methods have been exhausted.  But if you have no choice and you have to undergo knee surgery, keep an open mind; don’t cut yourself off to the possibility of having a team of doctor’s in different fields working on treating your knee.  Certain conditions of the knee respond best by combining both conventional and ‘alternative’ care methods.

Dr. Alexandra Schnee, D.C., practices at the DFW Spine & Joint Center, she is world renowned in the field of Cold Laser Therapy for the non-surgical treatment of severe knee pain. Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program is considered one of the most successful non-invasive treatment programs available. If you would like more information about Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program go to http://www.helpmykneepain.com/cold-laser/free-report to get a FREE 16 page report mailed to you.

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S., D.C.-“Your Cold Laser Professional for the treatment of knee pain in the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas Area”

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Learn How Patient Avoided Knee Replacement Surgery and Got Knee Pain Relief with Cold Laser Therapy in Dallas, Texas

By · October 21, 2010 · Filed in Cold Laser Therapy, Knee Pain, Testimonial · 1 Comment »

Mr. Royce R., a retired military man, drove three hours each way twice a week for 10 weeks from Henrietta, Texas to the DFW Spine & Joint Center in Irving, Texas for cold laser treatments to get knee pain relief.  The following is what Mr. R wrote, about his knee condition before Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program and after he completed treatments.  (He gave us permission to shae his testimonial.)

The pain in my right knee was excruciating.  It felt raw and like it was bleeding on the inside.  [I had to use a cane and wear knee braces to get around].  My left knee was showing signs of wear and tear from having to carry the added tasks to compensate for the pain I was having in my right knee. All activities felt like chores to perform.  It got to the point that I was dreading getting out of bed, walking, even riding in a car for short or long distances.  I was told by the orthopedic surgeon that I needed total knee replacements immediately.  I did not want to have knee surgery [so he sent me to a physical therapist.  The physical therapist felt that if he did exercises with me that my knees would get worse.  So I told him about what I had read about cold laser therapy and Dr. Schnee and he told me to go for it.]

I started Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program and after just the first knee treatment I could feel a difference.  I was able to perform activities that required the use of my knees. [Now] It feels great to be able to do things like walking, yard work, etc. without being concerned about the pain in my knees.  My overall improvement is a 360 degree difference.  I can now stand longer, I can walk without pain.  I can drive for lengthy distances! It’s easier to get in and out of the car and take out my lawn equipment.  I have hardly any pain when I’m bending down to pick up objects. [I don’t even use a cane anymore to get around].

I came into Dr. Schnee’s office worried about [the possibility of having to get] knee replacements, and injections.  [I was also worried about the cold laser treatments and if they would work] but now I can truthfully say that the treatment s have dispelled all [skepticism].  I tell everybody about my results and I highly recommend them to have it done! [I’m so happy the physical therapist was honest with me and advised me to try cold laser therapy first!]

Royce R., Henrietta Texas, Retired Military

‘Bone on Bone’ Knee Pain, Meniscus Tears 

Dr. Alexandra Schnee, D.C., practices at the DFW Spine & Joint Center, she is world renowned in the field of Cold Laser Therapy for the treatment of severe knee pain.  Dr. Schnee’s  Cold Laser Knee Program is considered one of the most successful non-invasive knee treatment programs available. If you would like more information about Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program go to http://www.helpmykneepain.com/cold-laser/free-report to get a FREE 16 page report mailed to you.

 

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Are You Living With ‘Bone On Bone’ Knee Pain Because You Don’t Think You Have Any Other Options Besides Knee Surgery? Think Again.

By · October 20, 2010 · Filed in Cold Laser Therapy, Knee Pain, Knee Surgery · 1 Comment »

Most of the time patients complaining of ‘bone on bone’ knee pain are told that total knee replacements are their only option, and are never given any other alternatives in order to delay or avoid knee surgery. So rather than go under the knife many individuals just choose to ‘live with the pain.’

Just because you don’t want knee surgery doesn’t mean you have to live with ‘bone on bone’ knee pain. These days there are painless and less-invasive alternatives to surgery that may provide you with knee pain relief so that you can avoid or delay knee surgery. Total knee replacements should only be considered once all other conservative measures have been exhausted and have failed to provide relief.

Why?

The most obvious reason is because ‘knee replacement parts’ are never as good as the knees you were born with. A knee replacement has a limited life span.  It is not an easy surgery to recover from, and there are a myriad of complications and risks associated with it.

The rehabilitation that an individual has to endure after the surgery is NOT for the weak at heart. It is painful! If you don’t believe me just ask anyone who’s had a total knee replacement.

This leads me to my next point:

Why resign yourself to living with knee pain?  Why not be pro-active and do whatever you can to delay or avoid knee surgery?

This includes losing weight, taking supplements/vitamins and if you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area consider my Cold Laser Knee Program.

My Cold Laser Knee Program is tailored to an individual’s condition.  In the case of ‘bone on bone knee pain,’ cold lasers work on the source of the pain by reducing inflammation and irritation to the synovium and nerve endings thereby relieving the pain. Cold Lasers work on a cellular level to boost the metabolic rate of the cells that make up cartilage, muscles, ligaments, tendons etc… As a result, the cells heal and repair themselves faster and their physiological responses improve.

My Cold Laser Knee Program also incorporates specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee to reduce stress on the joint thereby helping maintain any cartilage that is remaining.  Finally, other forms of physiotherapy are utilized to help improve blood flow, reduce swelling, improve flexibility/range of motion, and reduce adhesions in the surrounding tissues.

If you would like more information about Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program fill out the form on the right side of this screen to get your FREE report mailed to you entitled, Amazing Cold Laser Therapy the Missing Link to Knee Pain Relief!

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,-Your Cold Laser Doctor for the Non-Surgical Treatment of Knee Pain for the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas Area-“ Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program – Helping People with Knee Pain in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas since 2001.”

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Learn How Osteoarthritis Affects the Knee Joint and How to Ultimately Avoid Knee Surgery

By · October 19, 2010 · Filed in Knee Surgery, Osteoarthritis · Comments Off

Osteoarthritis is a complex disease that takes years to develop and is often described as a ‘wear and tear’ disease most commonly diagnosed in weight bearing joints such as the knee joint. Often times when the disease is in its beginning stages people will complain of morning pain and stiffness and as the disease progresses it often leads to severe pain, disability, and instability of the joint.

How Does Osteoarthritis Affect the Knee Joint?

First, the articular cartilage or protective layer of the joint begins to lose water. Why? Usually cartilage loses water due to age, genetics, weight, and activity level.  For example, runners place an excessive amount of stress on their knee joints and eventually they develop osteoarthritis knee pain. The constant pounding on the knees takes a toll on the joints.  X-rays taken on long time runners will demonstrate degenerative changes and cartilage loss in the knee joints.

Once the cartilage starts to dry up and lose water content then the cartilage begins to break down and become brittle and fragmented.  Imagine a sponge.  If a sponge is dry it can crack and be torn very easily. However, if a sponge is full of water, then it’s very difficult to tear.  This is the reason why cartilage or meniscus tears are prevalent in people over 50 years of age.  The older a person is the less water content is in their cartilage, and the drier and more fragmented it becomes.

Once the cartilage loses its cohesive ability the lining of the joint or the synovium becomes irritated and inflamed, producing its own source of pain and swelling.  As a result the inflamed lining or membrane produces more enzymes which further degrade the cartilage and accelerate the arthritic process in the knee joint.  The continued fragmentation and breaking down of cartilage eventually exposes the underlying bone.

What is making your knees hurt?

I know it seems hard to believe but the loss of cartilage is NOT the cause of your knee pain. There are NO nerve endings in cartilage therefore knee pain does not come from the lack of cartilage in the knee joint.  Instead the pain originates from the synovium which gets irritated and inflamed as a result of the cartilage breaking down.  As the cartilage starts to become more fragmented,  the underlying bone, which is full of nerve endings, becomes exposed.   Only once the nerve endings become irritated will a person experience pain in the bone itself and the actual bone will become tender to the touch.

Steps you can take to get relief from osteoarthritis knee pain:

The good news is that there are steps you can take to help avoid or at least delay knee surgery.

For instance, consider taking a combination of a high quality supplement of glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin to help preserve the cartilage in your knee, and help lubricate the joints. In addition, taking Vitamin D3 helps keep your bones strong, and omega- 3 fish oil acts as an anti-inflammatory which ultimately helps maintain the health of your knee joint.  Finally, find a doctor in your area that specializes in treating knee pain using cold laser therapy. Cold laser therapy is used to increase the metabolic rate of the damaged cells in the tissue which in turn initiates certain physiological functions in the cell so that the tissue can heal and repair faster.  As a result of this reaction, the swelling, inflammation, and nerve irritation in the knee joint are reduced thereby eliminating pain.  In my office in Irving, Texas we combine cold laser therapy, exercises, and various form of physiotherapy into one Cold Laser Knee Program. This is important because not only do I want to help eliminate a person’s knee pain and reduce the inflammation/swelling in the knee, but I also want to strengthen the surrounding muscles of the knee to help take the load off of the joint.  In my office it is not uncommon for patients who have been diagnosed with ‘bone on bone’ to complete treatments with the swelling eliminated and their knee pain reduced by 50-90%.

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C., practices at the DFW Spine & Joint Center in Irving, Texas. If you suffer from knee pain and would like to find out if Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program can help you call 214-596-1051. Or if you’d like more information about Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program go to http://www.helpmykneepain.com/cold-laser/free-report to order your free 16 page report today.

“Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program: Helping People with Knee Pain Avoid Knee Surgery in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas since 2001.”

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Why Cold Laser Therapy and Exercises Are Better Options Then Knee Surgery for Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

By · September 24, 2010 · Filed in Knee Pain, Knee Surgery, Osteoarthritis · Comments Off

Nearly 27 million people suffer with osteoarthritis knee pain in the United States, and about 1 million arthroscopic knee surgeries are performed every year.  Arthroscopic knee surgery is a procedure where a scope and a small camera are inserted through a tiny incision.  Orthopedic surgeons use this procedure to remove damaged cartilage and remove loose bone chips in the knee.  Unfortunately, arthroscopic knee surgery leaves the knee with less cartilage which makes the knee vulnerable to future injuries, and arthritis. Because osteoarthritis in the knee worsens after surgery, and an individual’s symptoms don’t necessarily improve its effectiveness has been questioned.

Several studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine have indicated arthroscopic surgery should not be used for the treatment of osteoarthritis knee pain.  The first one was published in 2002 and found that arthroscopic knee surgery for the treatment of osteoarthritis knee pain was no better than a sham procedure.  The most recent study published in the September 2008 issue concluded that physiotherapy was as effective at relieving moderate to severe osteoarthritis knee pain as arthroscopic knee surgery.

In this recent study nearly 200 patients were randomly separated them into two groups.  The first group had physical therapy for three months to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee joint.  In addition, the group was prescribed medications and supplements.  The medications included anti-inflammatories, Tylenol, glucosamine and chondroitin.  The other group had physical therapy, medications, and arthroscopic knee surgery.  After two years both groups reported the same pain levels, function and quality of life.

“This study offers hope and encouragement to persons with osteoarthritis who would like to avoid the pain and emotional toll of surgery, “says American Physical Therapy Association president R. Scott Ward.

Arthroscopic knee surgery for osteoarthritis knee pain “probably isn’t terribly helpful compared to just medication and physical therapy,” states Dr. C. David Geier Jr. a representative for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Christopher M. Powers, co-director of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Lab at the University of Southern California added. “Many times knee pain is associated with abnormal movement patterns that cause increased stress on the joint.  Arthroscopic surgery does little to correct the dynamic factors that may be contributing to knee pain and pathology. These findings reinforce the need for a comprehensive treatment approach for such patients.”

This study reinforces my belief that cold laser therapy and exercises are better options than knee surgery for osteoarthritis knee pain. It’s always better to try conservative non-invasive treatments first before going under the knife! At the DFW Spine & Joint Center we combine cold laser therapy, along with other physiotherapy modalities and exercises to strengthen and rehabilitate the knee. Your treatments are customized to your condition.   If you live in the Dallas, Fort Worth area and want to avoid arthroscopic knee surgery call 214-596-1051 or fill out the form on the right side of the screen and we will mail you a FREE Report about Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program.

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,-Your Cold Laser Professional for the Non-Surgical Treatment of Knee Pain in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas Area-“ Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program Has Been Helping People with Knee Pain and Joint Pain in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas since 2001.”

Cold Laser Therapy and Exercises for Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Better Alternative Than Knee Surgery | Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Cold Laser Doctor, Dr.Schnee, D.C. discusses how Exercise and Cold Laser Therapy are Better Alternatives for Knee Pain than Knee Surgery-Dallas

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