Your knees are absolutely fascinating things. Among the largest joints in the body, your knee consists of three bones, several tendons and even more ligaments that hold the structure together and keep you walking, running, lifting, bending, and bouncing. Yet abnormal amounts of stress on the knee leads to pain that millions of Americans deal with on a daily basis. Even if your achin’ knees are talking to you, you may think they’re saying, “Stop exercising!” or “Give up golf!” or “Time to embrace old age!”
But that’s not what they’re really saying.
When your knees ache, they are really saying…
Joint pain is often the result of inflammation in the muscles, tendons or fluid around the knee. The body’s natural defense mechanism when something is not right, inflammation can be seen in a red, swollen, painful knee, or unseen in aches and pains when you bend or extend your knee. Inflammation and the subsequent pain is the body’s way of telling you to stop what you are doing and address a concern. Knee pain is never something you should ignore, hoping it will go away. It almost never does.
“Time For Some TLC!”
Just because you have aches and pains in your knees doesn’t mean you need a total knee replacement. If your these vital joints are causing you grief, they may just need a little extra love. This can come in many forms, but our favorites are:
- Multi-Wave Locked System (MLS) Cold Laser therapy – MLS therapy uses a laser to penetrate the cells of the affected tissue. What happens is that the body’s natural immune system rushes to those cells and begins repairing any damaged tissue. Electrodes are placed above and below the knee joint and a low-frequency, painless current runs through the knee. In 10-15 minutes, swelling and inflammation begin to disappear.
- Rapid Release Technique (RRT) Machine – The RRT machine uses resonance to break up any adhesions that may have formed around your knee. Adhesions generally begin to appear due to inflammation after strenuous activity and feel like pain, stiff muscles and aching joints. With a doctor recommended regimen, RRT can have you walking around pain-free in no time.
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) – Each of your cells has an electrical charge. When the electrical charge begins to wane, your cells are not able to recover as quickly as they once did. PEMF uses an FDA approved laser to pulse magnetic energy through your tissue. Supercharged cells are then able to do the work to prevent arthritis and heal inflamed and damaged tissues.
“Time to See a Professional”
Like we said before, knee pain almost never goes away on its own. In fact, it generally gets worse the longer you try to ignore it. Rather than trying to “tough it out”, let a medical professional perform diagnostic testing to rule out any underlying causes of your knee pain. Then, let them recommend a course of treatment that will keep you healthy and active for years to come.
Call Sandstone or schedule your comprehensive exam with x-rays online.