5 Surgery-Free Solutions for Treating Knee Pain

Knee, Joint Replacement, Surgery, Nerve, Injection, Brace

Have you been suffering from persistent knee pain? Has a doctor taken a look at it and told you the only solution is surgery?

Surgery may not only be painful, invasive, and expensive, it can be a huge inconvenience. You may have to take time off work, stay in a hospital stay, and need weeks of recovery time. Who wants that?

Fortunately, there are ways you can safely rehabilitate your knee injury without surgery. Dr. Tim Dunne at Advocate Integrated Medicine can help you decide what’s right for you.

Why is my knee hurting?

You can injure your knee for all kinds of reasons, such as from falling down stairs, turning awkwardly, running, or playing sports. Your knee may also hurt due to arthritis, tendinitis, meniscus tears, or bursitis. These conditions can happen from overuse in nonvigorous activities, such as from climbing stairs daily or from losing bone mass due to ageing.

What are my nonsurgical treatment options?

Depending on the severity of your condition, one of our providers may recommend:

Soft tissue therapy

Tissue therapy involves gentle manual manipulation of tendons, ligaments, and joints to alleviate chronic pain. The techniques of this therapy can be tailored to your needs depending on the source and severity of your knee pain.

Chiropractic adjustments

This form of treatment is best combined with other methods, such as pain medications or therapeutic exercises. Manual adjustments of the joints around your knee can help get them back into their correct alignment.

Athletic bracing or taping

Braces come in a variety of forms and materials, such as foam, metal, or elastic, with adjustable straps to cater to your body type. Bracing or taping can help stabilize your knee to prevent reinjuring or unnecessarily stretching painful joints.

Plasma injections

A relatively recent development in treating knee pain, plasma injections are rich in growth factors and have shown positive results in many patients with lesions and other cartilage damage in their knees. This is a promising solution for patients who have not had effective results with other knee treatments.

Electrical nerve stimulation

Nerve stimulation, or neuromodulation, decreases pain by sending electrical impulses directly to the problem site. While the treatment has shown effectiveness for patients with knee pain, it’s not recommended for patients who are pregnant, have epilepsy, or have heart problems.

Treating your knee pain without surgery may be possible. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Advocate Integrated Medicine today.

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