Technically, knee osteoarthritis is a type of degenerative disease that can worsen as a person ages. The condition causes knee pain when the cartilage between the joints wears away. Often referred to as “wear-and-tear” arthritis, continuous rubbing without intervention can lead to stiffness, swelling, and even bone spurs. If you have any form of knee pain and are considering surgery, read on. Our staff is also offering you a free MRI Review so that you can have a second opinion on whether surgery is right for you or not.
Knee osteoarthritis can be difficult to diagnose, but there are some common symptoms people experience. Usually, people who develop knee osteoarthritis feel:
Traditionally, three types of surgery can help treat knee osteoarthritis. Arthroscopy surgery uses a small telescope inserted through a tiny incision. The surgeon will remove damaged cartilage and clean the surface of the bones. An osteotomy is a type of surgery that can help change the shape of the knee bones and better align the joint. Osteotomy is usually only recommended if the damage to the knee is localized to one area, such as a broken knee bone that didn’t heal well. Lastly, a joint replacement surgery, called an arthroplasty, will replace the existing damaged knee joint with an artificial joint.
While knee surgery can effectively treat knee osteoarthritis, there are some negative downsides. Surgery can be extremely costly for patients, and the rehabilitation time is long. Many people will take weeks to recover from an extensive knee surgery, which can involve ongoing physical therapy and prescription medication for pain management.
Luckily, there are plenty of non-invasive alternatives to knee osteoarthritis surgery. Using a combination of treatment options, like physical therapy, chiropractic care, and strength training, it is possible to reduce pain and inflammation and help heal painful knee joints.
Knee osteoarthritis can cause lingering pain that worsens over time. While surgery can be successful, seeking alternatives to knee osteoarthritis surgery are the best route to take when first diagnosed. Non-invasive treatment options can successfully eliminate knee pain and lead to a healthier body with limited recovery time.
Some common knee osteoarthritis surgery alternatives include:
When it comes to knee pain treatment, orthobiologics such as regenerative medicine and CTM, are the best option for knee repair. These injections are minimally invasive, using a natural product to restore function to the knee. Typically, regenerative medicine is used in conjunction with physical therapy to help the knee heal quickly. Regenerative medicine options include platelet-rich plasma, connective tissue matrix therapy, and bone marrow aspirate concentrate.
Physical therapy focuses on strengthening and conditioning soft tissues, like the muscles surrounding the knee. With stronger muscles, your body can better support the knee joint, alleviating pain and reducing inflammation. Stretching the muscles, tendons, and ligaments can make your knee more flexible and less prone to stiffness, especially after sitting for long periods.
This non-invasive technique can reduce pain centered around the knee joint and reduce inflammation, which can cause stiffness and limit the range of motion. Cryotherapy is an excellent choice for those who have arthritis.
Strengthening the muscles around the knee joint can better support your weight and reduce pain and inflammation in the uncushioned knee. Strength training makes your leg muscles stronger and can help you lose weight, reducing overall knee impact day in and day out.
By aligning the body to ensure balance, chiropractic care can help alleviate knee pain caused by knee osteoarthritis. Sometimes, a misalignment in the joint can cause undue wear and tear, creating painful bone spurs. Chiropractic adjustments can better balance the body, reducing pain, impact, and inflammation, allowing the knee to heal.
Pain management encompasses several treatment options ranging from massage therapy to prescription medication to alleviate pain. Often, pain management can include injectable medication, like corticosteroids, to reduce pain and inflammation in the knee joint. Although minimally invasive, this temporary treatment option can provide immediate relief.
Creating a customized plan utilizing multiple non-invasive options is always the best path before considering surgery. Alternatives to knee osteoarthritis are often effective and significantly reduce recovery time. Surgery should only be used as a last resort to treat knee osteoarthritis.
Offering comprehensive care, innovative techniques, and compassionate treatment, the team at Houston Spine & Rehab is ready to help you. With over 50 years of combined experience, Drs. Yezak and Neuburger are dedicated to alleviating knee pain through non-invasive alternatives to knee osteoarthritis surgery.
With many tools at their disposal, including physical therapy, manual manipulation, cryotherapy, and pain management techniques, we will create a customized treatment plan utilizing one or several combined techniques. A personalized MRI review by our Chief of Staff, Dr. Yezak, will begin your treatment plan. Don’t immediately turn to complicated surgery with a lengthy recovery time when non-invasive treatment options can reduce swelling and pain and prevent long-term injury.
With convenient locations in the Houston area, including The Woodlands and Houston, you’ll be able to find a clinic in your neighborhood. Offering comprehensive, compassionate care, our professional team cares about getting you back to the activities you love.
Begin your wellness journey with a call to our Houston office at 713-652-4052. Enjoy a free MRI review with our doctors so we can plan your personalized wellness treatment today.
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