non-surgical knee treatments in Atlanta

Treatments to Try Before Getting Knee Surgery

If you’re searching for knee pain relief in Atlanta, you are not alone. Knee pain is an extremely common affliction that affects up to 19% of the US population. Anyone who has experienced this pain knows how debilitating it can be. There are many known causes of knee pain. The most common of which are past injury and arthritis that affects the joint. Other possible causes include ligament sprains and obesity.

It’s important to narrow down the causes of your knee pain, but it’s equally important to seek out an option for knee pain relief with which you feel comfortable. If you’re hoping to avoid surgery, there are many non-surgical knee pain treatments in Atlanta that are currently available.

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The Most Impactful Exercises for Knee Pain Relief

It can be easy to take the advice “If it hurts, don’t do it” to the wrong extreme, especially when it comes to nursing tender joints. Many people think that the best tip for healing is rest followed by more rest, but as it turns out, keeping the body in motion and pacing your improvement with proper form are actually excellent knee pain treatments. Have your nagging knees settled you into the sofa? The following exercises for knee pain relief can help you ease into action.

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Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery

If you are experiencing constant knee pain and are not able to comfortably perform everyday activities, it may seem like a good idea to have the joint replaced. However, many health experts are now warning that surgery should be considered a last resort.

Knee replacement operations are now incredibly commonplace. Over 600,000 of them were completed in 2012, a rise from about 250,000 in 1999. Unfortunately, the results suggest that many of those patients would have been better advised to avoid surgery.

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American Pain Statistics Infographic

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“American with Pain Statistics Infographic”

  • An estimated 100 million people suffer from chronic pain (AAMP)

–       Headache

  • 16.1% of chronic pain sufferers suffer from headaches
  • Headaches can be triggered by environ-mental a factors (stress, noise, lighting, weather, and odors)
  • Headaches can also be triggered by diet (Nitrates, MSG, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate)

–       Back Pain

  • 28.1% of chronic pain sufferers suffer from back pain
  • Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45
  • More than 2 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain
  • Back pain is more common as you get older
  • Poor physical fitness and being over weight can also lead to back pain

–       Neck Pain

  • 28.1% of chronic pain sufferers suffer from neck pain
  • Neck pain is a common condition and is more frequently seen in women than men
  • Neck pain is usually caused by trauma, injury, stress, sleeping in un-natural position, and pro-longed computer use
  • Neck pain can often lead to headaches

–       Knee Pain

  • 19.5% of chronic pain sufferers suffer from Knee Pain
  • Common knee pain problems stem from the patella
  • People often complain of dull achy pain of the knee made worse by running, squatting, jumping, or walking up or down stairs
  • Often knee pain is related to repetitive movement or direct trauma

–        More Chronic Pain Facts

  •   The total annual cost of health care due to chronic pain is around $635 billion a year
  •   Workers lose an average of 4.6 hours per week of productive time due to a pain condition
  •   $61.2 billion a year lost from loss of productive time from common painful conditions
  •   Side effects of Chronic Pain include depression, trouble concentrating, and inability to sleep well

 

Sources: American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
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Osteoarthritis on a Cellular Level

stem cell osteoarthritisArthritis is a disease in which bone and/or cartilage in the affected individual’s body is lost. This process of degeneration in turn reshapes the joint (causing, for instance, severely bent fingers in extreme, long-developing cases). A proper program of pain management and physical therapy – what we offer – is not only affective at alleviating symptoms of pain but also protects against progression of the disease.

The healthy functioning of joints is disrupted in the case of osteoarthritis (1) Typically a joint experiences a fluid injury and repair process at the cellular level if it becomes damaged or re-damaged. This injury/repair cycle is completed by cells called chondroclasts and chondroblasts.

Osteoarthritis, however, does not allow these cells to perform their roles effectively. Instead, another type of cell, the osteoblast, enters the picture, creating additional cartilage and bone in improper locations – such as spurs (2). This nonstandard cellular development leads to swollen, painful body parts. Alleviating pain in joints, such as hand or knee pain relief, is then often medically sought.

Protein Release Hindered

Osteoarthritis prevents the cells that make up a person’s cartilage from releasing a sufficient quantity of protein when repair of joint cartilage is required. The demand for repair at a cellular level, then, is not met. Cartilage, which is typically taut, begins to loosen. As the arthritic condition becomes more ingrained, fraying of the cartilage occurs, as does cracking and pitting. The more degradation that occurs throughout the cartilage cells, the less flexible its fibers will be (3). It becomes less and less able to protect itself, creating a downward spiral. The joint in general is put at risk by cellular cartilage weakness, increasing the likelihood of deterioration.

Untreated Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can quickly become painful, but treating it means that its progress can be slowed or stopped altogether. The reason that’s important is that, left untreated, the pitting and cracking can become more pronounced, eventually resulting in total removal of the cartilage.  When no cartilage remains, a person begins to experience bone-on-bone direct contact during activity. The affected areas of bone become reshaped, then, as activity grinds down the cells, following the reshaping of the cartilage that has occurred. When the bones no longer join up properly, range of motion can decrease significantly.

Treated Osteoarthritis

Again, when osteoarthritis is treated, the deterioration can be mitigated. What we offer at the Atlanta Medical Clinic is extraordinary considered to many solutions for hand or knee pain relief or wherever cellular damage has become the most severe: a complete spectrum of pain management solutions, not just injections and medications but also chiropractic treatment and physical therapy as necessary. Contact us today to learn more about how an integrative solution can deter your osteoarthritis and aid you in returning to a healthy, fully functional lifestyle.

 

 

References:

 

(1)http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/arthritis/osteoarthritis/what-happens-in-osteoarthritis.htm

(2)http://www.medicinenet.com/osteoarthritis/article.htm

(3)http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/osteoarthritis-basics

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