Treatments to Try Before Getting Knee Surgery

Treatments to Try Before Getting Knee Surgery

Anyone with knee pain wants it to go away. Before resorting to surgery, there are many treatments you can try.

Activity and Exercise

It might seem counter-intuitive, but exercise is important to keep knee cartilage healthy. It helps slow the progression of osteoarthritis and strengthens joints.

Activities in the water can be good exercise since the water relieves some of the pressure and strain on the knees.

Also, strengthening exercises for leg muscles can help protect the knee joints. Strong quadriceps and hamstrings can help provide better knee support.

The exercise might also help you drop a few pounds, which is also good for the knee. The more weight your knees are supporting, the more work they have to do. The extra weight can also increase inflammation throughout the body.

It’s important to allow your knees to rest after any type of injury or over-use. Rest combined with ice, compression, and elevation can help relieve mild knee pain. But don’t stop moving the knee completely since that can lead to stiff joints.

Ice reduces pain, inflammation, and swelling while heat can relax muscles.

Pay Attention to Shoes

The shoes you wear can make a difference in how your knees feel. Good insoles with cushion and arch support can help reduce the stress on your knees. Make sure any shoes support your feet and do not allow you to slip.

Heels aren’t good for the knees and neither are flats. Both change the angle of your feet and don’t provide adequate support. Wear these types of shoes sparingly.

When sitting, try to avoid sitting too low to the ground since it puts strain on the knees to get up.

A brace to stabilize the knee can also help relieve some of the pressure on the knee and allow for proper alignment. There are many different kinds of braces, so make sure to talk with your doctor about which might be best for you.

Non-Surgical Knee Treatments

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other medications can help with some knee pain. Often, these over-the-counter medications can relieve some minor pain. Some of these treatments can happen at home, but injections from a doctor can also help.

Corticosteroid injections directly into the knee joint can help relieve pain and inflammation. Sometimes, they can provide relief for several months.

Hyaluronic acid injections can also improve mobility and ease the pain. The injections contain a thick fluid similar to the natural lubrication produced by your knee.

The medical team at B3 Medical has developed a unique injection-based protocol to treat knee pain. There is no downtime and the pain can go away without surgery. Contact us today for a consultation.

Knee Pain Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Knee Pain Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Face it, our knees are going to hurt sometimes. The knee connects the thigh bone to the shin bone and has many parts that make it work. An injury to any one of those parts can cause pain.

Some knee pain will go away on its own, but there are some symptoms you should not ignore.

Knee Noises

When you crack your knuckles, a pop often occurs when gas bubbles are released. A snapping, cracking, or popping sound in the knee when there is also pain and swelling is not normal. Ignoring letting it go can cause permanent damage to the knee.

A sharp pain and a painful pop could mean an ACL tear, so attention from a doctor is necessary.

Something is Moving Inside

The knee joint itself is supposed to move, but things are not supposed to move around inside it. Pieces of bone or cartilage can sometimes break loose in and around the knee joint. They don’t always cause problems right away, but eventually, they probably will.

The foreign object can get into the joint itself and eventually keep the knee from moving.

Pain When Walking or Climbing Stairs

Osteoarthritis impacts millions of American as they age. Knee pain while climbing stairs is a sign of possible osteoarthritis. Ignoring it can lead to more pain and discomfort as the joint deteriorates since osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease.

Some other signs of arthritis are a pain at night that wakes you up, swelling, redness, warmth, and stiffness that takes hours to wear off.

Instability, Swelling, and More

We rely on our knees to keep us upright. If a knee feels unstable or like it might collapse, it might be a sign of something serious.

Slight knee swelling might not be a cause for concern, but sudden and extreme swelling can mean a tear or a fracture. Ignoring it is not a good idea.

If you injured your knee playing sports or doing another activity, let a doctor check it out. It could be minor, or it might not be. Tearing an ACL, MCL, LCL, or meniscus could require serious treatment down the road, but getting help early might prevent the need to take invasive steps later.

The medical professionals at B3 Medical in Tampa offer many non-surgical options to treat painful knees. The team at B3 Medical has developed an injection-based protocol that has given relief to many knee pain sufferers. Contact us today! 

Common Causes of Knee Pain

Common Causes of Knee Pain

Knee pain can impact your everyday life and keep you from doing the things you love. Knowing what can cause it can help you prevent it.

An injury can cause knee pain as can a medical condition like arthritis, gout, and an infection. Some mechanical issues can also cause knee pain.

Common Knee Injuries

The knee area contains many parts including ligaments, tendons, bursae, bones, and cartilage. Injuries can happen to any or all of these areas.

Common injuries are:

  • ACL tear- These happen frequently when playing sports that require sudden direction changes.
  • Kneecap fracture
  • Meniscus Tear- Tears happen when suddenly twisting the knee while weight is on it.
  • Knee bursitis- When the small fluid sacs cushioning the knee joint get inflamed, pain can happen.
  • Patellar tendinitis- The tendons connecting muscles to bones can get inflamed. People who run, ski, cycle, or jump a lot can develop this injury.

Knee Mechanics Issues

Sometimes, the way the knee and surrounding muscles and bones function can cause knee pain.

A piece of bone or cartilage can break off and float around the joint. It can cause pain if it gets close to the joint itself.

Iliotibial band syndrome and hip or foot pain can also impact the knees. Iliotibial band syndrome happens when the tissue that connects the outside of the hip to the outside of the knee becomes really tight. It rubs against the femur causing pain.

You may be changing the way you walk if you have hip or foot pain. That might be putting more stress on your knees, causing pain.

Many different types of arthritis can also impact the knee.

Preventing Knee Pain

All of us are not destined for knee pain. There are some ways to prevent it.

A healthy weight can help reduce stress on your knees. Every extra pound can hurt your joints and accelerate the breakdown of cartilage around the knee joints, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis.

Make sure to stretch often, especially before playing sports. Make sure your technique is good and you practice often. Lessons with professionals can help make sure your technique is proper. Conditioning is a good way to keep from injuring yourself. Don’t suddenly change the intensity of your activities. This can hurt your knees. Build up to new levels of activity.

Tight and weak muscles contribute to injuries, so staying strong and flexible are keys to preventing knee problems. Building up quadriceps and hamstrings can also help since they both support the knee.

If you play sports, proper knee guards and braces can protect these joints.

If you have chronic knee pain or injuries keep happening, you might need to change the way you exercise. Find something with a lower impact like swimming or water aerobics. Reducing the higher impact activities could allow your knees to have a bit of a break.

Also, make sure you’re wearing good shoes with a proper fit. Shoes that do not fit correctly or do not provide adequate support can make knee problems worse.

If you have knee pain or want to learn more about preventing it, the medical professionals at B3 Medical can help. Educating patients is a key to their ability to make the right choices for their health. Contact us today to get rid of your knee pain.