Cortisone Knee Injections for Knee Pain-What You Need To Know…

By · September 27, 2011 · Filed in Knee Injections · 2 Comments »

Cortisone Knee Injections for Knee Pain-What You Need To Know…  

Cortisone knee injections are commonly prescribed by orthopedic doctors as a means of providing temporary relief to knee pain sufferers.  In this blog, I’m going to discuss cortisone injections for knee pain: when to get them, when and why you should avoid them, and why it’s important to consider other knee treatment alternatives. 

Cortisone Knee Injections

Cortisone is considered a steroid that is naturally produced by our bodies (our adrenal glands) in times of stress. However, the cortisone that is injected into the knee joint is not natural it is man made. It is synthetically produced by pharmaceutical companies to help temporarily relieve inflammation and swelling.  For example, Kenalog, and Celestone are all name brands of synthetic cortisone injections.

Cortisone Is NOT A Pain Reliever

A common misconception is that cortisone relieves knee pain.  It is NOT a pain reliever it simply reduces inflammation and swelling in the knee joint. As a result of there being less fluid in the joint, the pressure is alleviated around the sensitive nerve endings and a patient will experience knee pain relief.

When You Should Consider Getting A Cortisone Knee Injection:

Individuals in acute knee pain (those who’ve had a recent sports injury, a car accident, a fall) should consider getting a cortisone injection since it does help temporarily relieve swelling and inflammation in the knee.  The effects of the knee injection can help you get through those first few days or weeks until you can find a REAL SOLUTION to your problem.

Why You Should Avoid Cortisone Knee Injections: 

  • Some patients mistakenly think that they are ‘cured’ after getting an injection, and it gives them a false sense of security since they usually experience pain relief.  Since the relief is just temporary patients should be even more cautious with their knee so as to not injure it further.
  • Long term and repeated use of cortisone will cause bone loss, weakening of tendons, and cartilage loss in the knee joint.  This is why doctors only allow a maximum of three injections per year.
  • Cortisone injections WILL NOT help you if you don’t have swelling or inflammation in the knee joint.
  • Infections are also possible since the needle is injected into the joint.
  • Diabetics have to be monitored when getting cortisone injections since it can spike blood sugar levels.
  • Injections can be painful.
  • Finally, cortisone is not a long term solution to relieving chronic knee pain since it is not repairing or healing the tissue in the joint causing the pain.

Acute Knee Pain VS.  Chronic Knee Pain

In my opinion, if you’ve recently injured your knee and you have swelling, inflammation and pain then a cortisone injection may help you.  However, don’t be fooled into thinking that the effects from the injection will last forever. During that time you should be searching for a REAL solution to your problem.

On the other hand, if you suffer from chronic knee pain for example from bone on bone, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, a baker’s cyst, a degenerative meniscus tear, than cortisone should NOT be considered as an option.  After all, cortisone causes cartilage and bone loss, and weakening of the tendons.   The last thing you want to do is to trade one chronic knee problem for another.  I can recall a case where a patient came to see me with a torn patellar tendon.  It tore because it weakened due to the multiple cortisone injections he had over a period of  two years (he had a total of six injections- three injections a year) to relieve tendonitis in his knee.  The injections helped relieve some of his knee pain but what he didn’t realize was that the steroid was damaging and weakening the tendon, and it eventually tore. By the time he came to see me it was too late… he was a surgical case. 

If  he only knew about cold laser therapy for tendonitis knee pain he probably could have avoided the cortisone injections…

Which Knee Treatment is a Better Alternative…

In my clinical experience, (and I’ve treated hundreds of patients with chronic knee pain) cold laser therapy is typically more effective and safer than a cortisone injection. It is a painless, non-invasive treatment tool that allows physicians to eliminate swelling and pain in the knee, but more importantly it is used to help stimulate and accelerate the healing process to repair damaged tissue. 

Cold laser therapy is a better, safer alternative then cortisone because you will experience all of the upsides but none of the side-effects that you would experience with cortisone injections.  In addition, since cold laser therapy works on a cellular level to heal injured, irritated and damaged tissue the results are typically NOT temporary.  On the other hand cortisone does nothing to help tissue repair so even after the injection the problem is still there. Again cortisone only temporarily relieves knee pain by reducing swelling it does nothing to treat the cause of the problem.

If you’re looking for a better alternative to knee injections then Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ is a non-invasive, painless treatment option for patients who want to experience knee pain relief, and improved function-without any of the side effects. If you are experiencing knee pain and live in the Dallas-Fort Worth or surrounding areas call the DFW Spine & Joint Center at 214-596-1051. Visit http://www.helpmykneepain.com/ to order a free report. 

If you would like to find out how cold laser therapy can help relieve shoulder pain, low back pain, or neck pain click on the link above.

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,-Your Cold Laser Doctor 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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The Differences Between Knee Injections, And Cold Laser Therapy

By · February 17, 2011 · Filed in Cold Laser Therapy, Knee Injections · Comments Off
  • There are over 2,500 published studies on the topic of cold laser therapy.  This is not the case with Synvisc, or any of the other hyaluronic acid injections. For example, there were only three clinical studies completed before Synvisc was FDA approved.  Two were conducted in Germany and one was performed in the US.  All three had very small study groups.  The study conducted in the US, with 90 subjects, concluded that there were no significant differences between the group treated with arthrocentesis (joint aspiration aka fluid removal) and those who had a Synvisc injection.
  • Cold laser therapy is painless, and non-invasive there are NO documented side effects from treatments. Whereas, Cortisone injections and hyaluronic acid injections are painful and there documented side-effects from the treatments.
  • Besides reducing inflammation, and pain in the knee; Cold Laser Therapy is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with damaged and irritated tissue, on a cellular level, to help repair it by ‘jump starting’ and accelerating the healing process. Whereas, the purpose of hyaluronic injections is not to treat inflammation.  Instead, Gel injections are used to help lubricate the joint to temporarily relieve osteoarthritis knee pain.  Both hyaluronic acid and cortisone injections do nothing on a cellular level to reinvigorate tissue; therefore the results with injections are often temporary in nature.

I realize there is no magic cure for arthritis knee pain and injections alone will not cure your problem. I am not suggesting that Cold laser therapy is a cure-all either; however, it is safe, and painless.  In addition, since 2001, I’ve been successfully helping severe knee pain sufferers avoid knee surgery, medications, and knee injections.   So I know firsthand that cold laser treatments are effective.

I you’re experiencing knee pain and you want to treat the problem conservatively then consider my Cold Laser Knee Program first.

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,-Your Dallas-Fort Worth Cold Laser Therapy Knee Doctor specializing in knee pain using cold laser therapy-“Helping People with Knee Pain in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas since 2001.”

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Different Types of Knee Injections

By · February 15, 2011 · Filed in Cold Laser Therapy, Knee Injections · 2 Comments »

There is so much confusion out there regarding the different types of knee injections available.  In general there are two key categories: cortisone injections and joint viscosupplementation.  Cortisone injections are obviously made up of the medication cortisone; whereas, hyaluronan is the medication found in joint viscosupplementation injections.  Cortisone is used as an anti-inflammatory, versus hyaluronan is used to help temporarily relieve arthritis knee pain.

Cortisone Knee Injections:

Cortisone is a steroid that is naturally produced in times of stress by our adrenal glands.  However, cortisone can also be synthetically produced.  If you’ve ever visited your knee doctor for a cortisone injection he is injecting synthetic cortisone into your knee joint.  For example, Kenalog, and Celestone are name brands of synthetic cortisone injections.

A common misconception is that cortisone injections are pain relievers.  In fact, cortisone injections are used to get rid of inflammation they do not directly treat pain.  Of course, if the injection is effective, and the inflammation dissipates this indirectly helps relieve the pain.

The Upside To Cortisone Injections:

Cortisone knee injections are very effective at temporarily relieving  swelling and inflammation.

The Downside To Cortisone Injections:

  • Cortisone injections for knee pain will be ineffective if there is no swelling or inflammation in the knee.
  • If the area isn’t numbed properly the injection can be painful.
  • Doctors typically only allow three injections a year since long term and repeated use can cause bone loss, weakening of tendons, and cartilage loss in the knee joint.
  • Infections are also possible since the needle is injected into the joint.
  • Moreover, cortisone injections can spike blood sugar levels in diabetics, so they have to be carefully monitored.
  • Most importantly getting a cortisone injection is not a long term solution to relieving chronic knee pain since it is not repairing or healing the tissue in the joint causing the pain.

Joint Viscosupplementation:

Also known as:  Gel Injections/ Rooster Comb injections/Intra-Articular Injections/Hyaluronan injections/Joint-Fluid Therapy

Hyaluronan is the name of the medication found in gel injections, and it is made from chicken combs (hence the name rooster comb injections).  It is injected into the knee joint to help temporarily relieve symptoms of arthritis knee pain.

It is thought that hyaluronan, a gel like substance, works by mimicking synovial fluid found in the joint; therefore, lubricating the joint allowing for pain relief.  These injections are supposed to act like WD-40 for your knee joint.

Hyaluronan is found in the following brand names:  Hyalgen, Synvisc, Euflexxa, Orthovisc and Supartz.

  • Euflexxa, and Orthovisc are given in a series of three injections and are injected over a three week period of time.
  • The ‘old’ version of Synvisc was also given in a series of three injections over a period of three weeks.  Recently, though Synvisc-One replaced the ‘old’ Synvisc injections and just like the new name implies only one injection is required.
  • Hyalgen and Supartz injections are a series of five injections that are given over a five week period of time.

According to the FDA it has approved all five of these injections to be used in patients for the temporary relief of arthritis knee pain, and have failed to respond to conservative treatments such as physical therapy, physiotherapy, and over the counter pain killers.

The Upside to Joint Viscosupplementation Injections:

Most of the time, orthopedic surgeons will suggest these injections to patients who want to postpone knee replacements hoping that it will provide them enough relief to delay surgery.

The Downside to Joint Viscosupplementation Injections:

  • The downside to these types of  gel injections are side-effects like itching, increased fluid, redness, rashes, stiffness, swelling, and increased knee pain and changes in gait (limping).
  • Gel injections just add lubrication to the knee joint.  GEL INJECTIONS DO NOT GROW OR ADD CARTILAGE IN THE KNEE.
  • Studies have indicated that hyaluronan injections work as well as placebo injections.   While other studies (funded by the same pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the injections) suggest that they provide temporary relief for 6 months.
  • When these injections are administered properly the first thing the doctor will do, prior to the injection but after disinfecting the area is to drain excess fluid from the knee.  Interestingly, according to a several studies this step, the draining of the excess fluid, is thought to be the reason patients said they experienced relief -and not from the injection itself.

Unfortunately, the jury is still out on whether gel injections actually work since there are no long term studies (over a year) that have been conducted on a large number of patients.  The last thing anyone wants is years from now to find out that the injections have been recalled (much like the Vioxx scandal and Zimmer knee replacements) all because the pharmaceutical companies pushed them through the FDA approval process without doing their due diligence.

Where Does This Leave You?

I believe that if your condition can be treated conservatively you should avoid knee surgery.  This means you should exhaust every viable option before considering knee surgery. This includes getting knee injections, cold laser therapy, exercises, and other forms of physiotherapy.

Knee injections don’t work for everyone, and many don’t want to deal with the pain or side-effects that are associated with them.  If you’re looking for an alternative then my Cold Laser Knee Program offers a non-invasive, painless treatment option to patients who want to experience knee pain relief, and improved function-without any of the side effects.

If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth or surrounding areas call the DFW Spine & Joint Center at 214-596-1051 or visit http://www.HelpMyKneePain.com

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,-Your Cold Laser Knee Doctor 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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Incorrect Placement Of Needle: One More Reason Why Knee Injections Aren’t Effective On Patients With Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

By · November 15, 2010 · Filed in Knee Pain · Comments Off

Research presented at the 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals found most doctors performing knee injections on patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were not placing the needle in the correct location in order for the knee injection to be effective.  Interestingly, when interviewed, these doctors who are specialists in performing knee injections were 95% certain that they were placing the needle in the correct location of the knee joint. 1

The point of the research was to support the use of the ultrasound- guided method of giving knee injections rather than the standard palpation technique that is most commonly used in doctors’ offices-AND FAILS!

Besides inaccurate placement of the needle leading to poor outcomes for patients choosing to have knee injections; here are a few interesting facts you should know about knee injections. (for example, hyaluronic acid injections: aka rooster comb injections: aka gel injections, SYNVISC®, Euflexxa®, Orthovisc®, Hyalgan®, Suppartz®)

  • In multiple studies, researchers found that knee injections are as effective as placebo injections2,3,4, and that 80% of their effectiveness was due to the placebo effect.5
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs are 48 times more effective then knee injections.6
  • If pain-relief was experienced it occurred after the draining of the fluid in the knee; a step taken prior to the actual knee injection being performed.

If you live in the Dallas/ Fort Worth or surrounding areas and you’ve had knee injections but are still suffering from knee pain due to arthritis  then you may benefit from Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program. Call the DFW Spine & Joint Center today at 214-596-1051.

Visit-  http://www.helpmykneepain.com

To get 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 Professional for the Irving, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas Area-“Since 2001, helping people with knee pain avoid knee surgery in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas using a combination of cold laser therapy and physiotherapy modalities.”

Source:
1. Atlanta, Georgia.  Title of Presentation:  Sonographic Needle Guidance and Cost Effectiveness of Intraarticular Injections for Osteoarthritis of the Knee.
2. Brandt KD, et al. Arthritis Rheum. 2000; 43: 1192-1203
3. Lo GH, et al. JAMA. 2003; 290: 3115-3121.
4.  Karlsson J, et al. Rheumatol. 2002; 41:1240-1248.

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The Benefits of Treating Arthritis Knee Pain with Cold Laser Therapy Instead of Medications and Knee Injections

By · August 12, 2010 · Filed in Cold Laser Therapy, Osteoarthritis, Testimonial · 1 Comment »

Arthritis can be a painful, crippling condition if left untreated.  Unfortunately, medications and knee injections only provide minimal relief- if they work at all!

The benefits of treating arthritis knee pain with non-invasive cold laser therapy are numerous.

  1. Cold laser therapy is painless
  2. There are no side-effects
  3. No downtime needed
  4. Non surgical
  5. Typically cold laser treatments are NOT temporary in nature.  Depending on the severity of the condition most patients have lasting effects from cold laser treatments for months or years after treatments are completed.
  6. Cold laser therapy treats the source of the problem (the cell) and doesn’t just cover up the pain. This last benefit depends on the competency of the doctorThis is why it’s important to find a cold laser doctor who only treats knee pain using cold laser therapy.

Cold laser therapy should not be used as a tool to merely numb or cover up the pain in the knee like medications or injections often do.   Instead, cold laser therapy is used to eliminate the symptoms not by ‘temporarily covering them up’ but by working on the cause of the problem so the symptoms fully resolve themselves.  Cold laser therapy works on the source of the problem by using specific wavelengths of light to stimulate damaged cells metabolic activity which initiates certain biological processes so that the cells can heal and repair themselves.  As a result this accelerates the healing process, reduces pain and inflammation in an arthritic knee.   If the tissue in the knee joint is left untreated the compromised or damaged cells will die off and the tissue never improves and the symptoms worsen.

Most patients that Dr. Alexandra Schnee, D.C. treats are diagnosed with severe arthritis knee pain and have tried both injections and medications but never experienced any improvement with these types of ‘conventional treatments’.   Linda P. a realtor from North Richland Hills is a good example of a patient who completed treatments at the DFW Spine & Joint Center after being diagnosed with arthritis knee pain and never noticed any improvement with injections or medications. The following is Mrs. P’s story:

“I sought medical help for my knee pain, and was first given a steroid injection and later given a series of cock’s comb shots.  They were very painful.  I felt relief, but it wasn’t permanent and certainly not as effective as the cold laser treatments have been.   Prior to receiving cold laser treatments there were some days that the pain was so unbearable that I had to use a cane to get around.  I had difficulty sleeping, sitting or walking for any length of time.  My knee constantly ached or was in severe pain.  Ascending and descending stairs was not just difficult it was painful.  Walking any distance or riding in a car or sitting for over a few minutes caused pain and made walking difficult.  Sleeping through the night just didn’t happen.  According to the orthopedic surgeon I was not a candidate for knee surgery so the only solution I was given (which wasn’t even a solution) was either to live with the pain or get a handful of cock’s comb injections.  Since completing Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program I can do just about everything without being in pain.  I am so pleased because my knee is 100% better than it was before starting care.  And I intend to keep coming back so that my knee stays that way!”

To read more about the benefits of cold laser therapy and Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program visit http://helpmykneepain.com .  Fill out the form on the right hand side of the screen to get your FREE 16 page report mailed to you today to find out about the benefits of treating arthritis knee pain with cold laser therapy.

Please note that even though cold laser treatments play a significant role in Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program she combines it with physiotherapy so that the knee can be fully rehabilitated and optimal results can be achieved.

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.- DFW Spine & Joint Center-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 Has Been Helping People with Knee Pain and Joint Pain in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas since 2001.”

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Knee Injections Failed to Work for ‘Bone on Bone’ Dallas Resident, but Cold Laser Therapy Relieved Their Knee Pain

By · July 29, 2010 · Filed in Testimonial · Comments Off

“Before completing Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program my knee pain was constant and annoying.  I couldn’t get up from certain positions (lying down or sitting) without experiencing knee pain.  I also couldn’t walk, or stand for any length of time.  I tried medications, physical therapy and injections but they only provided me with temporary relief. The knee injections were so painful that afterwards I would be in tears.  I was taking the maximum amounts of pain medication, but they were becoming ineffective.  I was told by the orthopedic surgeon that I needed a total knee replacement because I was ‘bone on bone’ but I wanted to avoid it.

Since completing  Dr. Schnee’s Cold laser therapy for knee pain from ‘bone on bone’ I can now do low impact exercises and stretches without experiencing knee pain.  I am very pleased that I can move my knees without knee pain. My knee is 75% better then it was prior to cold laser treatments.  Dr. Schnee and her staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient in assisting me with my recovery.  I am thankful that this type of therapy is available for patients with ‘bone on bone’ knee pain.”

Janice W. – Dallas, Texas

If you are suffering from ‘Bone on Bone’ knee pain and severe arthritis  knee pain and cannot bear the thought of undergoing a knee replacement then Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program may be the answer!

Click here to find out how other patients have been able to avoid knee surgery with Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program.

Or fill out the form on the right side of the screen to get your FREE 16 page report mailed to you!

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 Has Been Helping People with Knee Pain and Joint Pain in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas since 2001.”

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Knee Pain Sufferers Consider Knee Injections Painful and Ineffective Compared to Cold Laser Therapy for Treating Knee Pain

By · July 22, 2010 · Filed in Cold Laser Therapy, Knee Injections, Knee Surgery · Comments Off

Most patients suffering from chronic knee pain have tried at least one cortisone injection and a series of SYNVISC™ or some other type of gel injections with little to no long term results.  The most common injection given to patients with knee pain is a steroid or cortisone shot.  Cortisone injections usually work to help decrease pain and inflammation but the results are often temporary.  Since there are long term side effects with the use of cortisone injections patients are limited to three injections per year. Gel injections are also available such as SYNVISC™, Hyalgen™, Euflexxa™, Orthovisc™, Supartz™ (otherwise known as cox comb, or rooster comb injections). These injections are usually performed in a series over the course of a few weeks, and just like cortisone injections gel injections only ‘cover up’ or treat  the symptoms not the  cause of the problem.  Knee pain sufferers consider gel injections painful and ineffective compared to cold laser therapy for treating knee pain.

Recently, Linda P., a  realtor from North Richland Hills completed Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program in Irving, Texas after initially complaining of very severe knee pain. The following is what she said about her experience with knee injections versus cold laser treatments.

“I sought medical help [from an orthopedic doctor for my knee] and was first given a steroid injection [cortisone injection] in the knee and later I was given a series of cox comb shots.  THEY WERE EXTREMELY PAINFUL.  I felt relief, but it wasn’t permanent and certainly not as effective as the cold laser treatments have been.  My medical doctor never recommended knee surgery because I was not a candidate for it.  The only solution I was given (which was not even a solution) was to have a series of cock’s comb shots twice a year and to just learn to live with the knee pain.  I am so pleased that I completed Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program.  I am 100% better and I intend to keep coming back so that I can stay that way!”

Linda’s experience is not unique.

Jill V., 62 years young, from Plano Texas is another example of a patient who recently completed cold laser therapy for knee pain with Dr. Schnee.  Before coming in for treatments with Dr. Schnee she tried cortisone injections, physical rehabilitation, a knee brace, and a series of three Euflexxa injections.  Ms. V. stated, “I had zero results from the knee injections.  The Euflexxa did not work for me, the pain never lessened.” She continued to say, “[Since completing Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program I am walking without knee pain, I don’t wake up at night whenever I move my leg.  There are times I even forget my knee ever hurt so badly.  [Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Program] has helped me get back on track.  Anyone who has knee issues, needs this program.”

If you have had knee injections including cortisone, SYNVISC™, Othovisc™, Euflexxa™, Supartz™, Hyalgen™, rooster comb, cox comb etc. and they did not work for you then call our office at 214-596-1051 to find out if you are a candidate for Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program at the DFW Spine & Joint Center in Irving, Texas.

If you would like more information about cold laser therapy for knee pain fill out the form on the right side of the screen and a free 16 page report will be mailed to you within 72 hours.

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,-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 with Knee Pain and Joint Pain in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas since 2001.”

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Knee Pain Eased and Mobility Improved with Dallas Cold Laser Doctors’ Knee Therapy

By · June 25, 2010 · Filed in Knee Injections, Knee Pain, Testimonial · Comments Off

“Before starting treatments with Dr. Alexandra Schnee I had arthroscopic knee surgery done for both knees. I also had cortisone injections, and I was taking pain medication but nothing helped relieve my knee pain.  I was unable to walk at a normal pace, and I waddled and limped when I walked because my knee pain was so severe.

Since completing knee treatments at the DFW Spine & Joint Center with Dr. Alexandra Schnee I estimate that I am 50% better in mobility and my knee pain has reduced by 50 percent.  I can also stand for a longer period of time.  My walking is better and easier, and stairs are easier to climb.”

Delores C., 53 years young, Secretary, Arlington, Texas

If you are an individual that is still suffering with knee pain after having both knees scoped then you may benefit from Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program.”

Dr. Alexandra Schnee, D.C. practices in Irving, Texas at the DFW Spine & Joint Center.  Find out if you are a candidate for Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program by calling her office at 214-596-1051, or fill out the information on the right side of this screen to get a FREE 16 page report mailed to you about  Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program.

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 Has Been Helping People with Knee Pain and Joint Pain in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas since 2001.”

 

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What is the Most Effective, Non-Invasive Treatment Option Available for Knee Pain Relief?

After reviewing the pros and cons of cold laser therapy and comparing them to the most commonly prescribed non-invasive treatment options available for knee pain relief I am sure you will conclude that cold laser therapy is the most effective non-invasive treatment option available.

Let’s begin by discussing the various non-surgical options to treat knee pain:

Cortisone Injections or Steroid Injections :
Besides anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections are one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for knee pain.  Unfortunately, the effects of a cortisone injection are temporary in nature and often times a patient will further injure their knee because the injection masks the pain but does not fix the problem.   Once the cortisone injection wears-off the pain comes back, and sometimes worse than it was prior to getting the injection.  In addition, a doctor will only prescribe three cortisone injections a year because the injections are known to deteriorate bone.  Beware of getting cortisone injections if you are a diabetic it may cause havoc on your sugar levels.

Conclusion: Painful, Short-term and long term side-effects, not safe for long term use, Temporary Relief, Treats symptoms, Diabetics and patients with brittle bones beware.

Synvisc™, Orthovisc™, Hyalgen™, Euflexxa™,  AKA: knee gel injections,  AKA: Rooster comb injections for the knee:
Rooster comb injections are given in a series of 3 or 5 injections over the course of several weeks, and the series can be repeated every 6 months.  If you ask just about any knee pain sufferer that has had these painful injections most will tell you that the injections did NOTHING to help relieve their knee pain.  Unfortunately, if you do notice any knee pain relief it will typically last only 6 months.  Most patients who choose to undergo the series of injections every 6 months over the course of a few years may eventually experience an allergic reaction.  There have been no long-term studies completed so long-term side-effects are unknown.

Conclusion: Painful, Short-term and long-term side-effects, unclear how safe it is for long term use, Temporary Relief, Treats symptoms, Series of injections

Anti-Inflammatory
The results from anti-inflammatories are temporary in nature and patients need to continue taking them on a daily basis in order to feel any results.  In addition, over the long run NSAIDS can cause ulcers and ibuprofen can cause liver problems.

Conclusion: Not painful, Short-term and long term side-effects, not safe for long term use, Temporary relief-needs continuous use to be effective

Cold Laser Therapy (Class IIIB lasers)
Cold Laser Therapy has been around for over 35 years in Europe and Asia, and 15 years in the United States.  There are over 2,500 published studies on the topic of cold laser therapy and (many of them are double blind, placebo controlled studies).  The treatment is FDA cleared, safe, painless, and there are no side-effects with treatments.  Unfortunately, cold laser therapy is not a quick fix especially when treating chronic knee pain.  Even though patients may notice improvement after just a few treatments most patients undergo a series of treatments over a 5-10 week period depending on the severity of their knee problem.  Once the treatments are completed most patients will notice that the results are not temporary in nature. It is not uncommon that as a result of cold laser treatments symptoms such as knee pain, swelling, immobility may be completely eliminated or substantially reduced.  Patients suffering with severe and chronic knee pain may need periodic maintenance treatments. Also make sure you choose a doctor that specializes in using cold lasers to treat knee pain otherwise you make not get the results you deserve.

Conclusion: Safe, painless, no side-effects, typically knee pain relief is NOT temporary in nature, takes a series of treatments and then possible periodic follow ups are needed, to get the best results pick a doctor that treats only knees and specializes in cold laser therapy.

Cold Laser Therapy is the optimal choice for treating severe knee pain non-invasively.

Since 2001, Dr. Alexandra Schnee, B.S., D.C. has been getting knee pain sufferers out of pain so that they can avoid unnecessary knee surgery. Dr.  Schnee, in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex, exclusively treats knee pain using cold lasers in her unique Cold Laser Knee Program.

If you are suffering from knee pain due to arthritis, ‘bone on bone’, meniscus tears, bursitis, tendonitis, Baker’s Cyst, post surgical arthroscopic knee pain, or a combination of the listed condition and 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.,-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 Has Been Helping People with Knee Pain and Joint Pain in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas since 2001.”

Most Effective Knee Treatment for Knee Pain Relief | Dallas-Fort Worth

Dr.Schnee,D.C. of Dallas TX shares information on Cold Laser Therapy and why it is the most effective option for Knee Pain Relief in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Cold Laser Therapy Helped Intense Knee Pain When Surgery and Injections Failed

By · June 1, 2010 · Filed in Cold Laser Therapy, Knee Pain, Testimonial · Comments Off

“Before coming in for cold laser therapy with Dr. Schnee the pain in my left knee was intense!  It felt like someone took a chisel, put it on the inner side of my left leg and banged away.  Each step I took hurt.  I wasn’t able to stand and put any pressure on my left knee.  Going up and down the stairs was nearly impossible.  

Prior to undergoing Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program I had multiple knee surgeries.  I have had physical therapy for my knee several times. I’ve had multiple rounds of Synvisc injections.  None of these have helped to any great extent.  My last knee surgery was just over a year ago and it was WORTHLESS.  My knee pain was still significant.  I was told that I would need knee replacement surgery sooner than later.   

Since completing Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program I am very pleased with the results.  I now have little to no knee pain.  The exercises that she had me doing have greatly increased my confidence in everyday activities.  My knee feels strong and secure.  My knee has improved 80-90%.   Dr. Alexandra Schnee’s staff is great!”

Morgan C., 48 years young, student for Respitory Therapy, Plano Texas

If you are still suffering from chronic knee pain, and have already tried cortisone injections, rooster comb injections, physical therapy and knee surgery then call Dr. Schnee’s office at 214-596-1051. She may be able to help you. Please don’t feel hopeless! A total knee replacement is not always the answer.  We may be able to help relieve your knee pain.

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 in Plano for the Non-Surgical Treatment of Knee Pain for the 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.”

Patient gave us permission to use his unsolicited testimonial.

Cold Laser Patient Claims Low Level Lasers Worked When Knee Surgery and Knee Injections Did Not | Dallas-Fort Worth

Dr.Schnee,D.C. shares a testimonial from a patient who said Cold Laser Therapy helped when knee surgery and knee injections did not help at all. Dallas-Fort Worth.

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