Knee pain is worse after meniscus surgery

Many people that we see  in our examination rooms have had a meniscus surgery. They are seeking our help in relieving the knee pain that they continue to have following the surgery. For some the pain started immediately after surgery, for others the pain became progressively worse and as the months and years went by

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Does acupuncture help knee osteoarthritis?

Acupuncture, although used for at least 5000 years in China, was not well known or widely accepted as a therapeutic treatment in the Western medical community, until recently. Acupuncture is based on Eastern philosophical premise that all matter is permeated with energy–called Chi–which flows in patterns in the body called meridians. An obstruction of these patterns

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Do Women Have More Knee Replacement Complications?

Once someone has knee replacement complications or continued pain after knee replacement they usually have limited choices moving forward. One choice is to live with the knee pain as best as they can. A second choice is medications, unfortunately for some this means long-term opioid usage. Physical therapy may help in some cases. In other

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Weight loss can be a knee replacement alternative treatment

Weight loss can protect you from the need for a knee replacement. This should not be news to you. People who are overweight understand that their arthritis related knee problems can be made worse because of their weight. The news you are probably looking for is a way to lose that weight. In the end

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Are the stem cells in my knee still working?

One of the questions that is often asked is whether or not the native stem cells in knees are still working or are they too old to work? Research has shown that native stem cells do continue to try to heal knee damage. The addition of stem cells to the knee can help them work

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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy – Meniscus Tear Injections

I am going to focus this article on the use of Platelet Rich Plasma injections for meniscus tears and repairs. For stem cell therapy, please see my companion article: Stem cell therapy for meniscus tears. There is a lot of research coming out that connects Platelet Rich Plasma therapy during or following the the surgical

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Treating older patients with knee pain

Marc Darrow, MD, JD I am often asked, “am I too old for knee pain treatment.” In our office we regularly treat elderly patients with knee pain, some patients are in their 90s. In this article I will review current research and our own clinical observations in patient with significant knee pain who happen to

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Research: Knee replacements do not help you lose weight

Many total knee replacement patients are overweight or obese. There is a thinking among many that after the knee replacement, their  physical activity levels and weight will improve. This does not appear to be true for some as research points out. In many knee replacement patients, weight loss does not occur.  This is a companion

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Anti-inflammatory medication side-effects – accelerated knee osteoarthritis

As we see more patients looking for alternatives to knee surgery and many of those people are being pain managed with anti-inflammatory medications or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications) and painkillers, one question they all seem to have is: “What are these medications doing to my knees?” The simple answer is, according to published research, they

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