14 Useful Facts about Supartz Knee Therapy

Supartz Knee TherapyIf you suffer from knee arthritis then you will no doubt be interested in any therapy that helps limit the pain associated with this condition. Osteoarthritis of the knee results in pain, discomfort, stiffness, and mobility problems. You may find it difficult to exercise, or to bend and straighten the knee, or osteoarthritis may make it difficult to relax or walk. One treatment for the pain of knee arthritis is Supartz knee therapy. This treatment helps you get back on your feet again and minimizes the effects of osteoarthritis.

All about Supartz Therapy

  1. Supartz knee therapy is a non-drug, non-surgical procedure designed to minimize the pain of knee osteoarthritis.
  2. Supartz therapy is administered via an injection directly into the knee joint.
  3. The active ingredient in the injection is a purified form of sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronan) – hyaluronan is naturally found within the cartilage and fluid of the knee joint where it acts as a cushion and shock absorber.
  4. Supartz therapy replaces and supplements the naturally occurring hyaluronan which may be lacking due to arthritis.
  5. The treatment by injection lasts a few minutes and takes place in the doctor’s office or the clinic.
  6. Supartz therapy injections are administered by trained professionals.
  7. The doctor may give a local anesthetic prior to the treatment, if necessary.
  8. Most people don’t experience any pain or discomfort as a result of the Supartz procedure.
  9. The procedure is associated with minimal downtime. You shouldn’t take part in strenuous activity immediately after the procedure but you can carry on with your normal everyday activities.
  10. The procedure is quick and easy.
  11. You don’t need to take any medication.
  12. The treatment is safe and effective and has been available for the public since 1987. Many people have benefited from the treatment during this time.
  13. Clinical trials have demonstrated that the treatment is more effective than placebo and significantly reduces pain in the knee.
  14. You may benefit from an additional program of physical therapy and exercise after the procedure. Your clinician can advise you how best to exercise and strengthen the joint.

If you have any questions about the procedure, schedule an appointment with your pain management specialist or your doctor. The Supartz knee therapy program can be an effective tool to treat knee pain as caused by osteoarthritis.

How a Chiropractor Treats Knee Pain

chiropractic treatment for knee  painAre you suffering from uncomfortable, knee pain? If so, have you considered the treatment options for easing the pain? If you think there is nothing that can be done to treat knee pain, think again. One way in which you can help heal your knee and prevent pain from occurring in the future is with chiropractic care. Fortunately, chiropractic treatment is usually effective at treating many different forms of knee pain. Here’s how a pain management specialist like a chiropractor treats your knee problems.

Six Steps to Treating Knee Pain

    1. In-depth examination. The chiropractor begins by making an examination of the knee joint and asking questions to find out the source of the pain, how the pain might have occurred, when the pain is most intense, and whether there is also pain in other parts of the body. It is important to remember that the knee joint may not be the only problem – pain may be transferred from other areas of the body such as the hips or the lower back. Once the examination has been completed, the chiropractor will draw up a treatment plan.

 

    1. Reducing inflammation and pain. In order to help improve mobility and reduce swelling, ice may be used on the joint. The knee will be elevated and rest is recommended for the initial period following the onset of pain.

 

    1. Chiropractic adjustments. Manipulations are needed in order to bring the knee back to its previous functionality as well as increase its strength and range of movement.

 

    1. Massage. Soft-tissue massage helps increase flexibility in the knee as well as ease pain. It is important that the massage is gentle enough not to cause any extra discomfort.

 

    1. Rehabilitation exercises. The long-term goal of the treatment is to remove pain as well as prevent it returning in the future. To this end, various exercises and rehabilitation activities are recommended for carrying out at home. You will also learn how posture affects the knee joint and how to sit and stand properly to minimize pain.

 

  1. Home care. Take steps to lose weight if you need to – excess weight puts extra strain on the knees. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to improve joint health as well as your overall health.



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Knee Pain: Why Does My Knee Hurt?

sciatica leg pain marietta gaA flexible, mobile knee joint is a wonderful thing because it allows you to live an active life – play sports, walk and run, sit and stand, and enjoy the full range of movement that a complex joint like the knee allows. However, the flexibility of the joint also causes problems – you are more likely to damage the joint or cause problems through overuse. You are on your feet for large portions of the day and the pressure bearing down on the knee often results in pain. Knee pain could come in the form of a dull ache. You may also experience swelling and redness, and there may be stiffness and weakness. You may not be able to bend the knee as normal, or put weight on it.

If your knee is painful there are many possible reasons for the discomfort. Here are the most common causes of knee pain and discomfort.

Ligaments, Cartilage and Tendons

  • Torn Ligaments. The ligaments are bands of tissue that connect your bones and muscles. A common cause of knee pain is a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which connects the shin and thigh. This injury is commonly caused by sudden changes in direction while pressure is put on the knee.
  • Torn Cartilage. Cartilage connects bones and muscle and you can cause inflammation and damage to the cartilage in the knee through overuse of the joint or injury.
  • Tendonitis. An injury may also cause swelling and irritation to the tendons, which are tissues linking muscles and bones in the knee joint.
  • Ligament Pain. Ligaments that are too tight and not flexible cause pain in the knee.

Bone and Other Joint Components

  • Bursitis. A knee injury inflames the fluid-filled sacs called bursae that cushion the knee joint. This results in pain and discomfort as well as swelling.
  • Bone Chips or Loose Cartilage. A tiny piece of bone may break loose from the joint or cartilage can be separated from the joint. The chips stay in the joint cavity and cause problems with knee mobility.
  • Dislocated Kneecap.

Arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis. One of the most common types of arthritis that affects the knee joint
  • Gout. Another form of arthritis that is caused by a development of uric crystals in the knee joint.

If knee pain is affecting your everyday life, seek help from a pain management specialist. There are many different ways to treat knee pain – see the following article for more details.