Diagnosis and treatment of knee osteoarthritis

It used to be that if a doctor told you, “I’m recommending arthroscopic surgery to clean up your knee” or “You need a total knee replacement,” you had just two choices: surgery or painkillers. With the advent of “biomedicine” (blood and stem cell therapies and injections), the choices have changed dramatically. From this point of

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Research comparing different types of knee injections

Many patients we see, have been researching their options in treating their chronic knee pain. These people come to see us because they are exploring non-surgical alternatives and have investigated various forms of regenerative medicine techniques. This includes the use of their own blood platelets as a healing solution, (more commonly referred to as Platelet Rich

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Platelet Rich Plasma Injections for knee osteoarthritis

Understanding Platelet Rich Plasma injections for knee osteoarthritis PRP treatments involve collecting a small amount of your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the red cells. The collected platelets are then injected back into the injured area to stimulate healing and regeneration. The platelets contain healing agents, or “growth

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Patella Instability and Chronic Dislocation

Many knees I see are unstable, not because of one single issue, but because of a number of combined degenerative knee situations. Patella instability is one of the more common problems we see. Your knee cap or patella is held in place by tendons that allow it to move and slide within the trochlear groove

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Why do patients waiting for hip or knee replacement think physical therapy is a waste of time? Because it didn’t help.

The general rule in medicine, and certainly one that I have professed in the many years of offering non-surgical options to joint pain, is that non-surgical options or conservative care should always be tried first, and, only when these treatments fail, should surgery be explored as a final option. Typically the traditional non-surgical methods of

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When 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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