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Knee Pain Treatment in Gilbert, AZ

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Gilbert Physical Medicine has effective solutions to relieve knee pain and treat conditions such as meniscus tears, knee osteoarthritis, ACL / PCL injuries, and chondromalacia.

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Knee Pain

Our knees are the hardest working shock absorbers in our body. The knee joint is comprised of four bones cushioned by rubbery discs of cartilage and connected by a network of tendons and ligaments. The knee is a hinge joint with the capability to move and rotate while carrying all of the body’s weight. Knee pain is common and because the joint is in constant use almost everyone will experience some form of knee pain in their life. If you’re experiencing any of these knee symptoms you should seek immediate help and diagnostics:

Swelling
Stiff movements
Difficulty going from sitting to standing
Difficulty bending the knee
Increased pain with increased pressure

Knee pain can be the result of conditions affecting the cartilage, meniscus, bone or ligaments and your chances for knee issues increase as you age. Regular high impact workouts or other physical exercise could also but the knee joints at risk, as well as occupational factors over time.

Is Regenerative Medicine Right for My Knee Pain?

The main focus of seeking treatment for knee pain is to regain or maintain the independence and convenience of a healthy functioning knee joint but many traditional knee treatments could compromise this goal. Over the counter pain medications are the go-to choice for people suffering from knee pain and can become a daily intervention as pain persists. Pain medications help you manage the pain in your knee joint but do nothing to address the underlying cause of the condition. Prolonged use of pain medications can also put vital organs at risk for damage including the heart, liver, and kidneys so they can do more harm than good in most cases. Surgery is also a popular answer to knee pain and knee joint conditions, but the commitment can prove to be too great for many patients. Surgical procedures come with a heavy risk of infection, nerve damage and death and require lengthy painful recoveries that can rob you of your independence and strength. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy is a knee pain treatment option that helps manage the symptoms of knee pain while addressing the underlying issue and restoring the healthy joint. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy is a treatment patients won’t have to adjust their lives for because the procedure is non-invasive, non-surgical and effective at working with the body’s normal healing capabilities and inflammation regulation.

Meniscus Tear

Meniscus tears are a common culprit of knee pain. The meniscus is a rubbery piece of cartilage that protects the thigh and shin bones and absorbs shock in the knee as we move. The meniscus provides stability and cushion for knee bones. They also help surrounding tissues and cartilage receive vital nutrients. Damage to this cartilage usually presents with the following symptoms:

Pain
Swelling
Stiffness
Popping and clicking in the knee with movement
Limited range of mobility
Locking joint
Instability

Meniscus tears are usually the result of injuries involving the twisting or poor rotation of the knee. Meniscus tears can also be caused by repetitive movements that require twisting or complete knee bends. Strenuous lifting and demanding athletic activity can also put the knee at risk. Athletes and people with occupations involving moderate to intense manual labor are at risk of developing a meniscus tear. Aging also puts your knee joints at risk as the cartilage, like the meniscus, becomes dehydrated and brittle.

Is Regenerative Medicine Right for My Meniscus Tear?

Relieving the pain of a meniscus tear can be difficult but even if you are able to manage the pain with medication the treatment approach still does nothing to return the healthy function and mobility of the knee joint. Most often surgery is recommended as the only effective option for addressing meniscus tears, but Amniotic Regeneration Cell Therapy is changing the idea of meniscus tear treatment for many. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy is a safe and effective option for meniscus tear treatment that works with your body to regenerate cartilage, tendon, ligament and even bone. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive solution that carries none of the risks of surgery and medication treatment. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy helps to regulate inflammation and relieve pain with a convenient treatment that requires no painful recovery or downtime.

Knee Osteoarthritis / Knee Degeneration

Knee osteoarthritis can strike at any age but is commonly diagnosed in patients over forty. The condition is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage in the knee joint from normal wear and tear and chronic inflammation. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the knee becomes dry and thin and fails to cushion the bones. As the condition progresses it can cause painful friction and compromise the stability of the joint. Symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and knee degeneration include:

Pain
Friction
Clicking and popping
Knee instability
Mobility limitations
Increasing pain with activity
Swelling

Knee osteoarthritis can be the result of trauma to the knee. The damage can be initiated following a vehicular accident or fall. Other factors can contribute to the onset or progression of osteoarthritis as well. Excess weight and obesity puts increased pressure on the knee joints contributing to premature degeneration. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can also make the knees vulnerable for damage from knee osteoarthritis and injury.

Is Regenerative Medicine Right for My Knee Osteoarthritis?

The common treatment for knee osteoarthritis is usually based on managing symptoms so patients can maintain quality of life while the condition progresses. Patients take the chance of developing costly side effects when choosing medication treatment for knee osteoarthritis putting their heart, liver, and kidneys in jeopardy. Another approach to knee osteoarthritis treatment is steroid injections that offer longer but still temporary relief from knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Steroid injections can put your surrounding bones and tissue at risk for further degeneration and weakening. Knee surgery or joint replacement surgery is usually recommended for knee osteoarthritis that fails to respond to the other traditional treatments. Surgery can be risky and highly inconvenient requiring a painful lengthy recovery following the procedure. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment alternative for patients who want solutions to their knee osteoarthritis but aren’t willing to risk the serious side effects. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy works with your body’s natural healing process to regenerate cartilage and restore the health of your joint. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy requires no downtime or painful recovery post-treatment and offers safe and effective pain relief as your joint heals.

ACL and PCL Knee Injury

PCL

The PCL or posterior cruciate ligament connects and stabilizes the thigh and shin bone. The thick bands of ligament tissue are strong but still susceptible to tears and damage. Symptoms of a PCL injury include:

Swelling
Pain
Instability
Limited motion

PCL injuries are prevalent among athletes and are usually linked to strenuous physical activity and manual labor. PCL injuries can also be the result of trauma like a fall or a vehicular accident.

ACL

The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament protects the knee from dislocation and keeps the joint stable. ACL injuries usually occur when the knee is twisted with the foot planted firmly on the ground. Athletes who need to pivot and change direction quickly in sport are at high risk for ACL injuries which can come in the form of partial or complete ACL tears. Symptoms of ACL injuries include:

Severe pain
Popping sensations
Swelling
Difficulty straightening and bending knee
Knee instability

ACL injuries can be caused by sudden impact and improper rotation. Although the condition mostly plagues athletes anyone can be at risk. Any direct trauma to the knee such as a fall or a vehicular accident can result in an ACL injury. Women are at a higher risk for ACL injuries while men are diagnosed at higher rates with PCL injuries.

Is Regenerative Medicine Right for My ACL or PCL Injury?

Traditional thought for ACL and PCL injuries is that the conditions are considered permanent damage. Many patients manage their symptoms with pain medication and NSAIDs while they weigh their options for surgical intervention. Surgical approaches to ACL and PCL injuries have improved over time but reattaching ligaments is still a complicated procedure with a high potential for failure. Even after a successful ACL or PCL surgical repair, the knee is usually unstable and not capable of full healthy performance. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy is a non-surgical solution for ACL and PCL injuries that is safer and more holistic than pain medication protocols and surgery. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy is effective and works with the body’s natural healing process to boost the regeneration of ligaments and other connective tissue to stabilize the knee joint and restore joint health.

Chondromalacia

Chondromalacia is also known as runner’s knee. The condition is characterized by inflammation that attacks the underside of the kneecap or patella breaking down the protective cartilage there. Chondromalacia can also develop in people who are not avid runners and the symptoms for the condition include:

Chronic pain in the knee lasting longer than 5-7 days
Grinding and cracking with movement
Worsening pain when held in the same position like when sitting or standing

Chondromalacia can develop from any sort of overuse including repetitive movements for work or physical exercise. Your risk for the condition increases with age and can be a complication of continued osteoarthritis progression. Improper knee alignment from abnormal gait or joint conditions elsewhere in the body like the hips or lower back could put your knee at risk for chondromalacia. The friction resulting from the absence of cartilage protecting the underside of the patella is extremely painful and requires timely treatment.

Is Regenerative Medicine Right for My Chondromalacia?

The pain from chondromalacia is significant so many patients seek immediate relief wherever they can find it. Many turn to regular use of pain medication and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that can have serious side effects with prolonged use. Steroid injections offer longer relief from symptoms but are still temporary. Continued use of steroid injections are not recommended because of the risk they pose to the strength of your bones, so surgery is usually the suggested option. Knee surgery is invasive and painful requiring months of grueling recovery following the procedure. Patients looking to avoid the risks of surgery and medication side effects are gravitating to Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy in increasing numbers each year. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy is a safe, effective and holistic solution for chondromalacia without any of the side effects and risks associated with medication and surgery. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy works with your body to regulate inflammation and rebuild the damaged cartilage beneath the kneecap. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy requires no downtime or painful recovery and relieves pain as your body works to repair your damaged joint.

Call Gilbert Physical Medicine today at (480) 500-6145 to schedule your consultation with one of our pain management specialists and to learn how we can help with your chronic knee pain.

Gilbert Physical Medicine

Address: 725 W Elliot Road Suite 115 Gilbert, AZ 85233

Phone: 480-545-0000

Fax: 480-545-7615

Hours:
Monday   9AM–12:30PM, 3–6:00PM
Tuesday   9AM–12:30PM, 3–6:00PM
Wednesday   9AM–12:30PM, 3–6:00PM
Thursday   9AM–12:30PM, 3–6:00PM
Friday   9:00–11:00
Saturday   Closed
Sunday   Closed

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