It’s almost that time of year again – time for fresh powder on your skis while you conquer your first double black diamond of the season
But...are your knees ready for all that action?
Knees are the Most Common Ski-Related Injury
In 2001, The University of Vermont School of Medicine estimated one third of all skiing injuries are knee related. According to the Chicago Tribune, this figure has remained steady. With nearly 55 million men and women taking to the slopes each year, roughly 17,500 are injured (and often sidelined) due to injury.
What’s the main problem with these injuries? Robert Johnson, a retired orthopedic surgeon at the University of Vermont School of Medicine reported to the Chicago Tribune that knee injuries are, “a big expense and not all those knees get back.”
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Prolotherapy Offers Hope for Those With Knee Pain
Naturally stimulating your body’s own healing process,prolotherapy helps to strengthen joints and connective tissue. For those suffering from chronic knee pain, it can offer a non-invasive, surgery-free treatment alternative.
Dr. K. Dean Reeves and Dr. Khatab Hassanein conducted a 12-month trial to determine if prolotherapy can effectively treat knee pain. Using a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled process, they found:
- 44% or patients who received the prolotherapy treatment had a reduction in pain
- 63% of patients who received the prolotherapy treatment had a reduction in swelling
- 85% of patients who received the prolotherapy treatment had a reduction in knee buckling frequency
Their findings were published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in June of 2004.
How Does Prolotherapy Work?
Using a slender needle, a natural “irritant” solution is injected into the soft tissue at the site of the injury. The irritant triggers a response from your body to heal that area. This practice has been used for nearly 100 years. It can cause a physiological response to heal ligaments, tendons, muscles, joint capsules, and fascia.
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