Knee pain, a common ailment affecting both adults and children. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 11 million visits are made to physicians’ offices each year because of a knee or knee-related problem. It is the most often treated anatomical site by orthopedists, and one of the most oft-examined sites among general practitioners.
The knee is the largest joint in the body. Because of its size, and because it is such a complex structure, it is also one of the most frequently injured joints. Knee injuries can be caused by several factors. Most complaints of knee pain result from some form of trauma, such as a torn or ruptured ligament; a broken or fractured kneecap; torn cartilage; or an accident that causes damage to the area or strains the knee beyond its normal range of motion. Other conditions that can lead to knee pain are infections; arthritis; hemarthrosis (blood in the knee joint); cysts; and bone tumors. Being overweight can also contribute to knee problems by causing excess strain on ligaments and cartilage.
Nearly everyone has become familiar with the acronym ACL, which stands for anterior cruciate ligament. ACL tears can be caused by rapidly twisting or changing directions; slowing down when running; or landing from a jump. Injuries to the medial collateral ligament (MCL) are usually caused by contact on the outside of the knee. As people get older, the amount of cartilage in the knee decreases, and many ligaments begin to lose some of their elasticity, making them more susceptible to pain and/or injury.
What Can Nature Cures Clinic do for knee pain?
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving certain types of knee pain, especially arthritic conditions of the knee and knee joint. A 1999 study found that acupuncture decreased pain and stiffness levels and increased muscle strength and flexion in the knee. Another study published that same year suggested that patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome might benefit from weekly acupuncture treatments. Smaller studies have confirmed that acupuncture is beneficial in reducing knee pain, stiffness and physical disability in patients with knee and knee-related problems. It can ease the discomfort some subjects feel while waiting for knee surgery, and in some cases, it may even be considered an alternative to surgery.
In addition to acupuncture, a variety of herbal formulas are available via consultation with Nature Cures Clinic, that decrease and even eliminate muscle, bone, and joint pain, as well as aid in the repair process of those body tissues. Herbal formulas, like acupuncture treatments, are custom made to your specific needs, helping you to get out of pain, have increased range of motion, and strengthen surrounding structures.
Stem Cell Therapy
Mesenchymal Stem Cells, or MSCs are what we like to call miraculous healing units. Stem cells (introduced into the body by our qualified medical professionals) can actually repair and rebuild the cartilage and bone. Stem Cell therapies show promising evidence of helping even those experiencing stage IV osteoarthritis of the knee and other ailments reverse their condition. The result of such a treatment can actually permanently prevent one from needing knee surgery.
If you or someone you know is suffering from knee pain and are looking for alternative options, give us a call at (503)-287-4970 and schedule an appointment with us today.