Knee pain can be severely debilitating. It can keep you from your daily activities, limit your ability to achieve your fitness goals and hamper your ability to spend time with loved ones. Because when your knee hurts, you’re not likely to hike with your friends or play tag with the little ones. Luckily, but understanding knee pain, you can start to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.
34% of Americans 54-59 Report a Problem in Their Knee Joint
Think you’re suffering alone? Think again. A study by Gallup-Healthways revealed 34% of Americans 54 to 59-years-old Americans suffer from chronic knee pain. That’s a staggeringly high percentage. And, the instance of chronic knee pain is on the rise.
In a recent article Science Magazine article by Mitch Leslie, a new study revealed, “The prevalence of knee arthritis among people in the United States has doubled since the start of World War II.”
Your Knee’s Structure is Designed for a Mobile Lifestyle
This drastic spike in knee pain has been attributed to the increased average lifespan, obesity rates, and a lack of activity. Lack of activity can often result in a breakdown of muscles and cartilage – two of the key components for protecting your knee and providing functionality.
Why? Because the knee is a complex meeting point for three bones:
- Patella (kneecap)
These three bones are held together with ligaments, thick bands of tissue used to stabilize the joint. They are lined with cartilage, a smooth, plastic-like lining which limits friction during movement. Cartilage also acts as a shock absorber. Finally, the joint is surrounded by muscles, which provide strength and protection.
Common Knee Pain Causes that can be Severely Debilitating
The two most common causes of chronic knee pain are:
- Osteoarthritis – Degenerative arthritis, in which the cartilage between the joints breaks down. Once the cartilage is gone completely, moving causes the bones to rub against each other.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – A chemical change within your joint which causes your ligament to become inflamed and thicken. If left unaddressed, this ultimately leads to a breakdown in the cartilage too.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis is the nation’s most common cause of disability. As your knee gives way to pain, you’re less and less likely to be active. You’re more likely to gain weight. This creates a cyclical cycle of pain symptoms leading to more damage.
The U.S. Department Health & Human Services reports there’s strong evidence endurance and resistance exercise can significantly reduce the occurrence of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, an individual must first be healthy enough to partake.
Traditional Knee Pain Treatment Methods Typically Just Mask Symptoms
Your knees are sore when they’re bent. Or there’s a pain behind your knee cap. What do you do? Most individuals will see a traditional doctor who addresses their symptoms. This issue with Western medicine’s approach to this health crisis is that it fails to identify the cause of the pain.
Individuals will typically be prescribed chemical painkillers, numbing injections or invasive surgery. These treatments act as a Band Aid. They offer immediate relief, but rarely deliver long term results.
Additionally, when you mask your pain, you put yourself at risk of further damage. Pain is your body’s way of telling you it’s time to stop. When you don’t feel the pain, you’re more likely to keep pushing, potentially tearing ligaments and tissue.
Prolotherapy Triggers Your Body’s Natural Healing Process to Repair Damage and Reduce Pain
Prolotherapy offers a non-invasive alternative to knee pain relief. The process has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 100 years to naturally stimulate the body’s own healing process.
Your body is an amazing, self-healing machine. Unfortunately, imbalances can interrupt the necessary messages from reaching your main operating system - your brain.
Prolotherapy helps activate these messages, kicking your brain into overdrive. By injecting a small irritant at the site of the pain, we help remind the brain that this area of your body needs attention. This triggers growth and healing of the tendons, ligaments, and tissues in the surrounding area. Discover how prolotherapy treatments helped Ben walk again.
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To start understanding the source of your knee pain and discover if prolotherapy can help relieve it, schedule a consultation.
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