How long have you been dealing with chronic knee pain? Months? Years? Living with chronic knee pain is physically and emotionally exhausting. Until recently, the primary treatments offered for chronic knee pain was cortisone injections or knee replacement. Cortisone provides temporary relief while at the same time accelerating the degeneration of your knee joint. A total knee replacement is costly, painful, and only has a maximum life span of 20 years under the best conditions.
What if you could stop your knee’s degeneration, restore function, and live pain-free without surgery or drugs?
Clearstone Medical Center Knee Pain Treatment
Over a decade ago, Dr. Randall Roth pioneered a conservative knee pain treatment system called SynDAS (Synovial Dynamic Axial Stimulation). SynDAS is a highly effective treatment, with more than 80% of patients reporting significant improvements in knee pain and functionality. It’s a safe, painless, low-risk procedure, and requires no downtime away from work. Patients report significant pain relief within the first few treatment sessions.
How do I know if I need to see a doctor about my knee pain?
Your knees experience a lot of mechanical stress every day. Every step you take, whether you’re walking or running, subjects your knees to continuous jars and jolts. You should have your knee examined as soon as you feel pain to avoid worsening of your condition. Chronic knee pain can lead to more degeneration and disability. Make your appointment right away if you experience:
- Popping, grinding, or crunching noises
- Problems straightening your leg
- Signs of a fracture
- Problems putting weight on your knee
- Swelling or redness
Why Clearstone Medical Center for My Knee Pain?
You will discover that severe knee pain relief is possible, whether you have a new knee injury, suffering from arthritis, or even if you’ve had prior knee surgery. Clearstone Medical Center takes a case by case customized approach based on your knee’s level of degeneration, pain level, and risk factors contributing to your pain and joint degeneration.
Regenerate Your Knee Cartilage
Some regenerative medicine procedures actually have the potential to regenerate cartilage in your knee. The techniques used are extremely safe, with very low risk of complication. Using the guidance of ultrasound, we inject mesenchymal stem cells into the location within your knee that is suffering from degeneration.
The purpose of regenerative medicine is to support your body’s own healing ability. A single injection of mesenchymal stem cells also contains various substances called cytokines. These cytokines are a signaling system in the body that help regulate the immune response, regulate inflammation, stimulate cell repair with growth factors, and support new tissue growth with scaffolding components. It is the combination of these factors that drive the healing process and regenerate tissue.
Patients report little to no pain with the procedure, and it only takes a few minutes to complete. For the vast majority of knee pain sufferers, a single injection is all that is needed. Improvements are generally felt within 6-8 weeks with significant reductions in pain and increased function within 6 months.
Do Cortisone injections work for knee pain?
Intraarticular Cortisone injections are administered to knee pain patients all over the country daily. This medication is classified as a steroidal anti-inflammatory. While Cortisone injections reduce inflammation and decrease pain temporarily, there are downsides to their usage. Some well-known adverse effects of repeated Cortisone injections are the deterioration and breakdown of cartilage, in addition to bone demineralization. The bone loss essentially weakens the bone. The damaging effects of Cortisone get more pronounced with each successive injection, and the pain relief benefits diminish.
When is Knee Surgery Necessary?
In some instances, knee surgery may be the only option. Arthroscopic surgery by an orthopedist may be used for small repairs or diagnostic purposes. This type of surgery can be beneficial for removing damaged cartilage or repairing torn ligaments.
In more severe knee damage situations, a knee replacement may be needed. Sometimes partial replacements are done if the damage isn’t too extensive. Total knee replacement should only be considered if the bones and cartilage in the knee are worn to the point where they can’t be repaired with a partial replacement.
At Clearstone Medical Center, we offer a number of non-surgical options that are highly effective alternatives to surgery. We are one of the only medical centers in central Arkansas that provide regenerative therapy to patients who want to avoid surgery.