Knee pain and joint pain are some of the most common debilitating issues in North America. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 14.6 million people suffer from severe joint pain. In some instances, the diagnosis of knee injury symptoms and join injury symptoms can be clear.
For example, when a traumatic event occurs, such as a crash or fall, doctors can easily trace the incident to the injury. In other instances, identifying the cause of a knee injury can be extremely complex, as it can be a result of a variety of factors.
Common Knee Pain Causes
- Overuse. A repetitive motion that eventually breaks down the joint and surrounding tissue.
- Compensation. An unnatural movement adopted by the body to alleviate pain in another area.
- Overweight. An instance when carrying excess body weight can place an unnatural amount of stress and pressure on the joints, leading to pain and injury.
- Misstep. A seemingly small incident which goes relatively or completely unnoticed, but actually damages the joint or surrounding tissues.
- Inactivity. An instance when prolonged inactivity leads to the breakdown of the joint and surrounding tissue. This is often a side effect of a sedentary lifestyle.
Common Knee Injury Symptoms
The location and severity of knee pain can vary. Some individuals experience a sharp interior knee pain. Others find it originates from the back of the knee, the interior of the knee or the exterior of the knee.
Depending on the cause of your knee pain, you may experience:
- Swelling of the knee and surrounding tissue
- Stiffness, which can limit movement
- Weakness, diminishing ability to move and be active
- Instability, causing awkward movement and potential missteps
- Popping or crunching noises
- Inability to fully straighten your knee
- Pain when standing
- Knee pain when sitting
Traditional Knee Pain Treatment Often Masks the Pain
Traditional western medicine tends to take a symptom-focused approach. Meaning, western medicine tends to focus on curing or alleviating the symptom. While the provides immediate relief for the patient, it often fails the address and treat the cause of the pain.
Though certainly far from enjoyable, the body experiences pain for a reason. Namely, pain tells us when to stop. It lets us know when our body has had too much and needs a break in order to heal. Those who push through pain are often touted as being tough and mentally strong. Yet, these individuals often cause untold amounts of further damage.
2 Common Ways to Medically Mask Pain
- Pain Killers. Chemically manufactured drugs that disrupt the brain’s natural neurotransmitters, dulling or eliminating pain.
- Cortisone Injections. A powerful anti-inflammatory medication that offers fast-acting relief at the site of injection.
In the event injections don’t work, many western doctors may recommend surgery. There are instances when surgery is the best option. Completely torn ligaments that must be replaced or broken bones that must be fused require surgical intervention.
However, we believe surgery should be a last resort. Cutting into the body poses an untold number of risks. There could be complications during the procedure. Surgery exposed your body to foreign elements. You could experience an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. And, there’s no guarantee the surgery will be successful.
A Trustworthy Knee Pain Diagnosis Takes Your Whole Body into Account
A good knee pain diagnosis will identify the cause of your pain. Your doctor should take into account not only your symptoms, but your entire lifestyle and past medical history.
By evaluating you as a whole person, your doctor is able to not only look at your current knee pain symptoms, but how your overall health impacts them. Because treating your symptoms without identifying what’s causing them can often lead to recurrence or further damage.
How Prolotherapy Helps Get Rid of Knee Pain Naturally
The human body is an amazing machine, equipped with the ability to heal itself. Prolotherapy offers a non-invasive treatment protocol to help stimulate this natural ability to heal.
By injecting a small irritant at the site of your pain, you can trigger an alert within your brain to heal that particular area of your body. This can lead to the regrowth of muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Here at Tru Health, we’ve seen the amazing results patients have experienced as a result of phototherapy. In some instances, prolotherapy has helped previously immobile patients walk again. Learn about how prolotherapy changed Ben’s life first-hand in a video testimonial.
Get Rid of Your Knee Pain
Ready to start living pain-free? Schedule a consultation today to discover if prolotherapy if right for you.
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