When you have pain in your knees it can really prevent you from moving through your day-to-day habits and routines. If you experience bone-on-bone knee pain, it can sometimes be so excruciating that you don’t even want to stand up or walk around because of how uncomfortable it will be. Bone-on-bone knee pain is also known as osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative disease that affects joints, like the knees. People who suffer from bone-on-bone knee pain shouldn’t have to see multiple doctors before they can finally get the pain relief they need.
A healthy knee joint will have cartilage that provides cushion and support in between the bones that connect in the knee joint. If you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage will start to wear down over time, which leaves the bones in the knee joint more vulnerable to pain. Osteoarthritis is actually the most common type of arthritis, which refers to the pain and inflammation in and around the joints when the cartilage starts to break down. When you first start to experience osteoarthritis in the knee, it may feel tender, stiff, and you may notice some swelling in the area. As the disease progresses, it can cause your knee to make crackling or popping sounds when you move. You will also start to feel more and more discomfort when putting weight on your knee joint.
The great news is that medical advancements in this area make more minimally invasive treatment options available for treating bone-on-bone knee pain. Before you consider surgery, here are a few examples of minimally invasive options to try:
Osteoarthritis treatment includes managing the pain which is key to you being able to go about your daily life. When people think of pain management, the first thing that comes to mind is often medication. While over-the-counter medications can help ease the pain temporarily, there are other options for natural pain management. Natural, non-invasive pain management with a chiropractor will help address the root cause of your pain so you can experience long-term pain relief.
Knee Joint Brace
Your doctor may recommend something to brace the knee joint with and help alleviate your pain. A brace can also help provide support to the area so that you don’t experience as much instability, which can lead to a fall or injury. When you have swelling and inflammation in the knee, a brace will help keep you from moving the knee too much so it doesn’t get worse. When the pressure on the knee is reduced by a supportive brace, you will be able to experience more lasting pain relief.
Stretches and exercises can help provide more support to the knee joint by strengthening the muscles and supporting soft tissues in the area. When the joint is immobilized for too long, it can become stiff and make movements even more difficult. Your doctor can talk you through stretches and exercises to slowly restore flexibility and range of motion into stiff, sore muscles. Stretching helps to promote blood flow to the area, which brings oxygen and nutrients to the area so healing can begin. Exercises can also help you avoid the supportive musculature becoming weak with disuse. When your muscles and tissues are strengthened, your knee joint will receive more support.
Visiting a chiropractor for the first time can help address pain and discomfort caused by osteoarthritis by managing your short-term pain symptoms as well as addressing long-term damage and providing solutions. While your chiropractor can’t prevent degeneration altogether, they can help promote healthy functioning and reduce inflammation. Chiropractors use gentle, safe adjustments to the knee joint that can help redistribute pressure and allow for the swelling and inflammation to ease. Therapeutic massage can also help with inflammation and promote oxygen-rich blood to the damaged knee joint.
Soft Wave Therapy
At Nathans Family Chiropractic, we also offer soft wave therapy that may also be used to provide long-term pain relief and healing for bone-on-bone knee pain. The Stem Cell Machine is minimally invasive and doesn’t utilize any medication. Soft wave therapy applied to osteoarthritis in the knee sends waves to the knee joint to help support damaged soft tissues by encouraging nutrients to flow to the knee joint. To learn more about pain management and treatment for osteoarthritis and whether or not soft wave therapy is appropriate for you, call or visit us online to schedule an appointment with us today!