Do The Series of ‘Gel Like’ Injections for Knee Pain Really Work?

By · March 16, 2010 · Filed in Knee Injections, Knee Pain, Osteoarthritis · 28 Comments »

I’m referring to Hyaluronic acid injections aka rooster comb, gel  injections, viscosupplements, SYNVISC®, Hyalgen®, Euflexxa®, Supartz®, Orthovisc®, etc.

In my opinion the answer to this question is NO, NOT REALLY. Ultimately though you have to decide for yourself… Let me explain…

I have personally treated and talked to many patients who have had the series of three to five injections listed above (3-5 injections are usually administered over the course of a few weeks. Recently, SYNVISC® came out with one injection).  Most patients noticed little to no knee pain relief after the injections.  Some noticed that their knee pain and swelling got worse after the injections and they developed what’s known as a ‘hot knee’.  Others developed an allergic reaction to the shot and were unable to complete the series. Of the few that responded favorably to the injection theyonly  noticed temporary pain relief (which in all fairness the injections do claim that the relief is only temporary and usually lasts for up to 6 months).

There are multiple studies indicating that Hyaluronic injections are as effective as placebo injections,[1] [2] [3]and that the effect of anti-inflammatory drugs is 48 times greater than the effect of Hyaluronic acid injections (or rooster comb injections).[4]

One study indicated that the immediate pain relief patients experienced was not due to the injection itself, but from draining the fluid in the knee, a step doctors take prior to administering the injection to prep the knee.

Most patients mistakenly think that the knee injections add ‘cushioning’ or cartilage to their knee.  Unfortunately, this is not the case! IF the injections are successful the theory behind them is that they help lubricate the knee joint. The injections do NOT stimulate cartilage or increase the amount of cartilage in the knee.

Based on my personal experience and the multiple studies I have read (not the ones funded by the pharmaceutical companies, but ones written by a third party) about the injections.  I believe that there isn’t any real evidence that proves their effectiveness in the treatment of osteoarthritis knee pain.

On the other hand, I do believe that an individual should leave knee surgery as their very last option, so it’s certainly worth giving gel injections a ‘shot’.

If you suffer from knee pain due to cartilage loss, ‘bone on bone’, or osteoarthritis of the knee and you want to avoid a total knee replacement or you cannot undergo a total knee replacement due to other health problems then Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ may be the answer to your knee problem. Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program™ is considered a complete treatment plan that combines low-level laser treatments (cold laser treatments, cold laser therapy), and other modalities that promote rehabilitation of the knee.  Every patient’s program is different depending on whether they suffer from knee pain due to arthritis, ‘bone on bone’, meniscus tears, bursitis, tendonitis, a Baker’s Cyst, post surgical arthroscopic knee pain, or a combination of the listed conditions.  If you live in the Dallas /Fort Worth area call our office at 214- 596-1051 to find out if you’re a candidate for Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program or visit http://www.HelpMyKneePain.com

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!

At the DFW Spine & Joint Center we also have programs available that can help most musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, disc and nerve problems, hip, ankle foot, hand and wrist pain, etc…

Dr. Robert Hanson,D.C. an associate at the DFW Spine & Joint Center, offers non-surgical cold laser therapy programs for the treatment of shoulder, neck and low back pain.  He also offers programs that combine both cold laser therapy and spinal decompression therapy for the treatment of  herniated, bulging, degenerated discs, stenosis, and pinched nerves in the low back and neck.

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C. practices in Irving, Texas a the DFW Spine & Joint Center,-Your Cold Laser Dallas 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 Area Since 2001.”

Source:
1. Brandt KD, et al. Arthritis Rheum. 2000; 43: 1192-1203
2. Lo GH, et al. JAMA. 2003; 290: 3115-3121.
3. Karlsson J, et al. Rheumatol. 2002; 41:1240-1248.
4. Archives of Internal Medicine February 11, 2002; 162:292-298.


The Truth About ‘Gel Like’ Injections for Knee Pain | Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas-Fort Worth Cold Laser Therapy Doctor shares information on the series of different ‘gel like’ injections you can have to help with knee pain.
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Start Eating Cherries, It May Help Ease Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

By · January 12, 2010 · Filed in Health, Knee Pain, Osteoarthritis · Comments Off

The Baylor Research Institute conducted a 12 week pilot study on a total of 20 patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee. The study involved patients taking the equivalent of 100 tart cherries crushed in a pill form daily. The study found that after 12 weeks between 50 and 60 percent of patients experienced relief by taking just one pill a day. A randomized trial will be completed in 2010 to validate the pilot study. If the results of this study show that the patients who took cherry pills improved then this will give patients another natural option for managing osteoarthritis knee pain. (1)

If you’re searching for alternatives to managing your chronic knee pain because of arthritis, ‘bone on bone’, a meniscus tear, Baker’s Cyst, tendonitis, bursitis, a knee injury, or unsuccessful arthroscopic knee surgery, and live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area 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! or visit http://www.helpmykneepain.com

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,-Your Cold Laser Therapy 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 Area Since 2001.”

Cherries Said to Help with Osteoarthritis Knee Pain | Dallas-Fort Worth

Its been found that eating cherries can help with osteoarthritis knee pain.Paired with Dr.Schnee’s cold laser therapy in Dallas is great for knee pain

  1. Smith Amy Lynn. Cherry Picking (for Arthritis Relief). Baylor Health . January 2010; pg 5.

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Vitamin D3: “The Next Cure-All Vitamin” for Joint Pain and Other Chronic Diseases

By · January 11, 2010 · Filed in Health · Comments Off

If your doctor hasn’t discussed the benefits of Vitamin D3 with you the chances are he will in the near future. At one time no one knew about the benefits of Omega 3’s and fish oil. Now virtually every doctor recommends supplementing your diet with them. Similarly, vitamin D3 is becoming the next ‘cure all’ supplement that has the research to back it up.

For instance, research indicates that knowing your Vitamin D level may actually be more important at determining your overall health and long-term health problems than cholesterol. Low Vitamin D levels are associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, most cancers, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, autism, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, frequent infections, colds and flu (1, 2)

If you suffer with knee pain you may want to consider supplementing with vitamin D3 because low Vitamin D levels can also promote the expression of chronic pain. Research indicates that bone pain, joint pain, muscle pain, and fibromyalgia can be exacerbated if there are low levels of Vitamin D3. (3, 4).

The only way you can get vitamin D naturally is by getting adequate sun. Most of us don’t get enough sunshine therefore most of us are deficient in vitamin D. In addition, virtually no food contains Vitamin D3 except oily fish consumed in large quantities in the traditional Eskimo diet.

Your doctor can test you to find out your levels of Vitamin D3. The optimal range is between 40-60 ng/ml and most people who do not take Vitamin D3 are in the 10-30 ng/ml range. It takes about 2,000-4000 IUs to get the level of Vitamin D3 to 40 ng/ml.

Adding Vitamin D3 to your arsenal of supplements is a simple yet effective change you can make especially if you’re suffering from chronic knee and joint pain.

If you have chronic knee pain due to of arthritis, ‘bone on bone’, a meniscus tear, Baker’s Cyst, tendonitis, bursitis, a knee injury, or unsuccessful arthroscopic knee surgery, and live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area 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! or visit http://www.helpmykneepain.com

Or visit http://www.coldlasertherapy.com to review the other Cold Laser Therapy Programs the DFW Spine & Joint Center offers.

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,-Your Cold Laser Therapy Doctor for the Non-Surgical Treatment of Knee Pian 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 Area Since 2001.”
D3: The Vitamin to Help Cure Joint Diseases and Pains | Dallas-Fort Worth

Irving Cold Laser Therapy Doctor,Dr.Schnee shares some insight on Vitamin D3, which is said to be the pill that could help knee joint pain and disease

  1. Grant WB, Holick MF. Benefits and requirements of vitamin D for optimal health: a review. Alltern Med Rev. 2005; 10(2):94-111.
  2. Cannell JJ, Hollis BW. Use of vitamin D in Clinical practice. Altern Med Rev. 2008; 13(1):6-20.
  3. Holick MF. Vitamin D Deficiency: what a pain it is. MayClin Proc. 2003; 78:1457-59.

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Knee Pain Success Story|Dallas-Fort Worth Cold Laser Therapy

By · January 8, 2010 · Filed in Cold Laser Therapy, Testimonial · Comments Off

“The pain (before undergoing cold laser treatments) was steady and very bothersome in my right knee. The pain often prevented me from sleeping very well. I would wake up many times at night, and in the morning I could barely move around. I was unable to walk without a great deal of (knee) pain. Walking was very slow and painful. I could not go up or down stairs. I could not walk downhill or down a ramp without a great deal of difficulty. I went to the orthopedic surgeon that did arthroscopic surgery on my knee 5 years ago. He gave me a steroid injection, but it never really helped relieve the (knee) pain. The arthroscopic surgery removed some of my cartilage…, and my orthopedic surgeon told me I would probably need to have knee replacement surgery in the long term. I do not want to do that. (That’s when I started treatments with Dr. Schnee).

I believe that the cold laser treatments and (Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Program) were a great alternative to the joint replacement surgery. I can walk up stairs much better now. (I can sleep at night without pain) I am very pleased with the reduction in my pain level. I would say my overall improvement is in the 75%-80% range. My knee is also much more flexible than before (treatments). I believe that following the exercise plan (that Dr. Schnee gave me my knee) will improve even more.”

Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program combines Dr. Schnee’s specialized cold laser treatment protocols,  non-weight bearing exercises (so that you don’t do more damage to the knee joint), multiple cold lasers, and other non-invasive therapies so can enjoy life again!

If you are tired of suffering from knee pain when you walk, climb up or down stairs, or at night and live in the Dallas-Fort Worth or surrounding area 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 today!

Patient gave Dr. Alexandra Schnee, D.C. permission to use his unsolicited testimonial for marketing purposes.

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 Area since 2001.”

Knee Pain Success Story|Dallas-Fort Worth Cold Laser Therapy

A patient of Dr. Schnee, D.C. shares his success story with her Cold Laser Therapy Knee Program Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Is Finding a Solution to Your Knee Pain One of Your New Year’s Resolutions?

By · January 5, 2010 · Filed in Cold Laser Therapy, Knee Pain · Comments Off

After consulting with thousands of knee pain sufferers over the years I understand how frustrating it can be when you’re not able to walk, stand, climb up or down stairs, play sports, play with your kids/grandkids, or sleep at night because of chronic knee pain.

Since 2001, I’ve been helping knee pain sufferers in the Dallas and Fort Worth and surrounding areas eliminate the need for surgery, medications, and painful shots with Cold Laser Treatments.

At the DFW Spine & Joint Center, our Cold Laser Knee Program combines non-weight bearing exercises (so that you don’t do more damage to the knee joint), multiple cold lasers, and other therapies so can enjoy life again!

Why don’t you become one of the many former knee sufferers treated at the DFW Spine & Joint Center and make finding a solution to your knee pain one of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2010?

If you are tired of suffering from knee pain when you’re trying to sleep, when you stand, walk, climb up or down stairs, and 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 receive a FREE COPY OF the 16 PAGE BOOKLET entitled “Amazing Cold Laser Therapy the Missing Link to Knee Pain Relief” get your FREE Booklet mailed to you today!

Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,-Your Cold Laser Professional of the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas Area-“Helping People with Knee Pain and Joint Pain in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area since 2001.”

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