Bad Knees and How to Relieve Them

At some point or another, we all experience knee pain for a number of reasons. Chronic knee pain can occur due to obesity, sports injury, etc. According to medicinenet.com, “Knee pain is a common problem with many causes, from acute injuries to complications of medical conditions.” When it comes to knee pain, the severity varies. Overusing your knee can also be a trigger for knee problems that cause pain. If you have a history of arthritis in your family, it could also be the culprit to why you may experience chronic knee pain, especially as you get older.

 

Some individuals experience minor ache while others suffer from a disabling pain. For example, a very overweight person would suffer from severe pain in their knees, especially when he/she walks. Someone who has played a particular sport their entire life, may have spurts of minor knee aches, depending on the activity that person may take part in.

 

So, how does one tackle chronic knee pain? There are a number of ways. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov states, “Most chronic knee pain is managed with medication despite concerns about safety, efficacy and cost, management guidelines recommendations and people’s management preferences.” Stem cell therapy is also an option to manage chronic knee pain. Modern stem cell therapy utilizes adult stem cells harvested from a patient’s body by tapping into the hip or leg bone. A cascade of self-repair activities at the cellular level commences as the patient’s own newly activated stem cells start to morph into the required cell types including osteoblasts (bone cells) and chondrocytes (cartilage cells).

 

If you suffer from chronic pain, contact us to get paired with one of our amazing doctors to help you get back to life, pain-free.

 

Back Pain and Kyphoplasty

It’s safe to say that almost everyone has experienced some sort of back pain at some time in their lives. Whether back pain occurs due to a sports injury, scoliosis, or perhaps even sleeping in an awkward position, that sharp and uncomfortable feeling can be a killer. However, there’s a specific pain that takes place in the spine, that should be addressed as soon as it’s discovered; spinal compression fractures. According to webmd.com, “ Compression fractures are usually caused by the bone-thinning condition osteoporosis, especially if you are a woman over age 50 who has been through menopause.”

 

Your vertebrae isn’t strong enough to support your spine, when bones are brittle. Therefore, partaking in everyday activities can literally be a pain. When you bend to lift an object, miss a step, or slip on a carpet, you’re putting your spinal bones at risk of fracture. Did you know that even sneezing and coughing can cause compression fractures if you suffer from severe osteoporosis? Compression fractures usually happen in the lower thoracic and lumbar spine and can cause an individuals to experience numbness/tingling in the affected area.

 

Common treatments that are made available for compression fractures is bracing, medical management or kyphoplasty. Kyphoplasty is a procedure that stabilizes the fracture, helps restore the height of the collapsed vertebral fracture and reduces the associated pain. This type of pain management is ideal if patients want immediate pain relief. Kyphoplasty is indicated in the treatment of painful vertebral compression fractures caused by osteoporosis, some primary bone tumors, and metastatic disease.

 

Often times, patients may notice improvement in their posture such as a correction in a patient’s kyphosis or hunchback. At home, patients can return to their normal daily activities, although strenuous exertion, such as heavy lifting, should be avoided for at least six weeks.

 

Learn more about kyphoplasty to see if this is the right procedure for you.