Don't let knee Pain slow you down
New PRP and Laser protocol Helps people with knee pain get their lives back
Knee pain, like back pain, is one of those nuisances in life that sucks the fun out of living. What used to be easy activities become grinding chores, funneling you toward decreased quality of life and eventual drugs and surgery. . .and more drugs and surgeries.
What if you could avoid all of that? What if you got a “get out of knee pain card and collect $200” in the game of life?
avoid costly drugs and surgery
When knee pain gets overwhelming, have you ever turned to over-the-counter and prescription drugs? If so, you are not alone.
Millions of Americans use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Celebrex to manage their knee pain.
But...A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine estimated that at least 103,000 patients are hospitalized per year in the United States for serious gastrointestinal complications due to NSAID use, costing more than $2 billion.
Shockingly, this study estimated that 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among patients suffering from Osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis in the U.S., a stat similar to that of AIDS, cervical cancer and Hodgkin’s Disease. If deaths from gastrointestinal toxic effects of NSAIDs were tabulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports, these effects would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in the US.
Is Osteoarthritis Causing Your Knee Pain?
A common cause of knee pain is a condition called osteoarthritis (OA).
According to the Arthritis Foundation: “Osteoarthritis is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint and allow movement.
As the cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed and rub against each other. The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape and makeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly. You may notice a limp when you walk, or you may have trouble going up and down stairs because those movements put additional stress on the joint.
Fluid inside the joint may not have enough of a substance called hyaluronan, which may affect the joint’s ability to absorb shock.”
How To Recreate the Knee’s Shock Absorption
As stated, knee pain is often caused by osteoarthritis and not having enough joint fluid or “hyaluronan” fluild to properly absorb the shock of day to day to activity. But, the good news is that there is a medical procedure that can actually replace the missing joint fluid with a natural substance called hyaluronic acid, that acts as a lubricant or oil between the joints of your knee.
Who Qualifies for a Free 30-minute Knee Pain consultation?
If you can say “yes” to any of the following questions, you qualify
for a 30-minute Knee Pain Screening.
• Do you have trouble climbing stairs due to knee pain?
• Have you been told you are “bone on bone”?
• Have you ever been diagnosed with arthritis in your knee?
• Do you wake up in the morning with stiff joints and pain?
• Have you been told that you need knee replacement surgery?
• Have you tried other knee pain treatments such as Supartz, Viscosupplementation or othe knee injections without success?
• Have you tried physical therapy or other knee pain procedures like knee injections (called viscosupplementation, Supartz, Hyalgan and Synvisc)?
It is a substance derived from the comb of a rooster. The hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee, and like oil on a hinge, it prevents grinding. We perform this procedure guided by digital imaging, so that it is administered to the exact position to achieve the best results.
This treatment works for many knee pain sufferers, and we offer this treatment at our clinic. However, for some patients, this is not enough. And in these cases, we use another cutting edge protocol that uses Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy in conjunction with laser therapy.
what to do when hyaluronic acid doesn't work for you?
A study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery has shown that PRP holds great promise for treating patients with knee osteoarthritis. The treatment improved pain and function, and in up to 73% of patients, appeared to delay the progression of osteoarthritis, which is a progressive disease. The study appears online, ahead of print, in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.
What is PRP Therapy?
Dr.Brian Halpern, M.D., chief of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City,describes PRP this way: “You take a person’s blood, you spin it down, you concentrate the platelets, and you inject a person’s knee with their own platelets in a concentrated form. This then activates growth factors and stem cells to help repair the tissue, if possible, calm osteoarthritic symptoms and decrease inflammation.”
Unique 6-Step Knee Pain Protocol in Colorado Springs
You may have seen other ads for knee pain relief and/or viscosupplementation treatment, so what makes us different?
Thrive Health Systems uses a 6-step approach - PRP, Supartz, laser therapy, digital imagery guidance, x-ray and rehab - combining various essential modalities and equipment to help you get your life back.
No patient or knee is the same. We individualize treatment based on your condition. We create a plan just for you. We use a team of health care practitioners to look at your whole picture to get to the true cause of your pain.
Will Insurance Cover It?
The short answer is “Yes.” Medicare and major medical insurance companies such as United and Blue Cross Blue Shield do cover this treatment or treatments. The longer answer is that to determine exactly what is and is not covered, we must perform an insurance verification, which is included in your 30-minute Knee Pain Screening.
As with all medical treatment, results will vary among patients and there is no guarantee. But, isn’t it worth a phone call to see if you qualify and avoid drugs and surgery.
This information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to substitute for professional medical advice.
Call 770.667.0099 now to speak with a medical professional about your pain.