Knees seem to be one of the first joints to go. Once the knees start to fail, many other health factors worsen because you lose your ability to move. People gain weight, lose stamina and mobility decreases. Knees, however, are treatable. I help people everyday, seeing improvements and recovery in almost all of my patients. This is even the case when knee replacement surgery has been suggested as the only course of treatment.
There are many different knee conditions, including Osteoarthritis, Chondromalacia Patella syndrome, Collateral ligament injuries, Joint instability, Osgood-Schlatter syndrome and Patellar Tendonosis (Runner’s knee). All of these conditions have been improved using prolotherapy. Let us consider Chondromalacia Patella syndrome. There is a small, but strong study showing the beneficial results of treatment with prolotherapy. If you are interested, you can read the details in the medical article. Let me break down what is in the article.
The authors treated 61 patients (69 knees) in both men and women. After prolotherapy, 97% of patients had little to no pain with activity; a vast improvement, considering that 33% had severe pain after activity before treatment. Stiffness was also improved. Before treatment, 11 of the knees had extreme stiffness; zero were reported to be so following treatment. In fact, 95% of the knees had little to no stiffness following treatment. The treatment improved range of motion, as well as, walking and exercise ability. Medication for pain was no longer needed for treatment in 95% of the individuals.
When my patients arrive at my door they have often had cortisone injections to take the pain away. This is not a good idea as the injection in the long term results in a destabilization of the joint and a worse situation down the road when compared to people who never receive these treatments. If you are considering this, please come and discuss prolotherapy as a curative option over the simple pain reduction that cortisone injections offer.
If you are ready to get back in the game then please make an appointment at one of my clinic sites. I offer free introductory consults so you can understand what is involved before you commit to treatment.
Hauser RA, Sprague IS. Outcomes of Prolotherapy in Chondromalacia Patella Patients: Improvements in Pain Level and Function. Clinical Medicine Insights Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2014;7:13-20. doi:10.4137/CMAMD.S13098.