Knee Pain Treatment Procedure
Did you know that more than 100 million Americans suffer from knee and joint pain? In fact, joint pain accounts for 25% of all visits to primary care physicians and half of all anti-inflammatory drug prescriptions. Approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for NSAID-related GI complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone.*
Have you wondered how different your life could be if you could get rid of your knee pain? Where could you go? What could you do? What would you give for a day or a week or a lifetime of pain free mobility? We’re pleased to announce that knee pain sufferers don’t have to wait any longer to get the most advanced non-surgical FDA approved treatment.
If you suffer from any degree of knee pain, we invite you to regain control of your life by visiting the Bellevue Pain Institute a state of the art medical pain relief facility.
What is osteoarthritis (OA)?
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. It causes the surface layer of cartilage to break down and wear away. This allows the “bone on bone” pain as they rub together resulting in pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. It is a very progressive disease that advances gradually in some and rapidly in others.
What Causes Osteoarthritis?
There is no single cause of osteoarthritis. Factors that are known to cause it include:
- Poor joint lubrication
- Being more than 20 pounds overweight
- Getting older
- Joint Injuries
- Mal-aligned or unbalanced joints
- Stresses on the joints from certain activities including sports, work and leisure activities
What about Supplementation?
The lining of your healthy joint capsules contain synovial cells, which secrete a thick viscous and slippery synovial fluid. The trick is to do something that contributes to the nourishment of the cartilage; helps eliminate waste products and help the shock absorbing nature of the joint. One change that happens is the synovial fluid becomes thinner and less useful as a lubricant for the joint. With supplementation such as MSM, Chondroitin, Glucosamine, it is generally thought that the supplements are too big to make much of an impact into the circulation.
How does this Laser Treatment work?
The proprietary protocol used at Bellevue Pain Institute includes;
STEP ONE the use of deep tissue Laser Therapy at a very specific wavelength to deliver a soothing, deep penetrating photonic energy, to interact with tissues at the cellular level. Higher levels of ATP are produced which then increases the metabolic activity within the cell, improves the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane and initiates the release of nitric oxide which brings about physiological changes. The inflammation and pain is reduced, and this creates increased circulation in the knee. The damaged tissues are able to begin the natural process of repair.
Laser technology is an innovative, scientifically based treatment. Scientists discovered that lasers could be used to accelerate how fast the body heals after surgery. There have been over 2500 published medical research papers on the subject of laser therapy, accelerated injury healing and pain relief.
STEP TWO is to use advanced, leading edge joint mobilization and stability taping. This protocol enhances motor proprioception co-ordination and reduces pain. We also introduce customized exercises and stretches to add muscle stability to the mix.
When will I feel results?
After a short series of treatments, most people feel better in a matter of weeks and can begin enjoying their everyday activities again.
Are you a good candidate for this treatment?
If you can answer yes to any of the following…
Do you wake up with knee pain?
Does your knee pain keep you from certain activities?
Have you been told you need a knee replacement?
Are you active and sometimes suffer from sore knees?
Do you take medications for knee pain?
Do you have difficulty going up and down stairs due to knee pain?
Are you considering surgery to alleviate knee pain?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are ready to experience the relief and healing found at the Bellevue Pain Institute!
How do I know that this is right for me?
In most cases, if you have knee pain this is a great treatment choice. Our doctors will give you consultation to discuss the particulars of your knee pain, review treatment options and determine if you are a good candidate. Please bring your Knee X-rays as we will be able to tell you if the damage is too extensive.
NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE AND SAY GOODBYE TO KNEE PAIN!
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Before getting this procedure, our doctor will talk to you about other ways to treat your knee pain from Osteoarthritis, such as:
- Taking pain medicines
- Getting injections of corticosteroids
- Doing physical therapy
- Losing weight
If these methods have not been helpful, then laser therapy is a good option for you.
Before the treatment, your doctor may:
Review or have x-rays done to determine the severity of your OA
If you are taking any prescription medicines, over-the-counter products, or herbs and supplements, talk to your doctor.
How long Does it take and Will It Hurt?
You may feel the warmth of the lasers. Right after the treatment, you may have some mild pain, warmth, and swelling around the knee joint.
When you return home after the procedure, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
To reduce pain and swelling, apply an ice pack. You may want to do this for 15-20 minutes, four times a day. Wrap the ice in a towel. Do not apply it directly to your skin.
For the first two days, avoid straining your knee. Do not stand for a long time or do strenuous activity, like heavy lifting.