Almost 52 million Americans suffered with knee pain in 2015, according to the CDC’s annual National Health Interview Survey.
This joint is highly complex, facilitating the motions we require to sit, stand, walk, dance, exercise or play sports. Consequently, the many moving parts and pieces of this joint are susceptible to injuries and chronic conditions of all kinds.
Treatment protocols have traditionally ranged from rest and ice to total joint replacement surgery. While some types of injuries (broken bones, ruptured tendons) always require surgical intervention, most types of joint pain can be successfully treated with safe and effective laser therapy.
Causes of Knee Pain
Although many patients with knee pain are older, overweight or out of shape, this condition can affect people of every demographic.
Injuries are a common cause of this condition, oftentimes due to car accidents or sports participation. Common knee injuries include ruptured tendons or tears in the cartilage or meniscus — the fibrous cartilage that cushions the joint.
A variety of chronic conditions can cause discomfort and limited mobility in the joint. Osteoarthritis is arguably the most common, but bursitis, tendinitis and gout can all cause debilitating pain, preventing patients from enjoying their normally active lives.
Symptoms include swelling, tenderness, stiffness, instability, weakness and popping or crunching noises.
Traditional Knee Pain Treatment
The medical models for joint pain treatment typically involve management or surgery, with few other options.
Most injuries to the joint are treated with rest, medication or surgical intervention. Corticosteroid and hyaluronic acid injections are also used for some patients, with mixed results.
Many patients, especially those with osteoarthrosis, find themselves facing partial or total knee replacement. These procedures are painful and recovery is difficult, often requiring six months or longer to heal.
Laser Therapy for Knee Pain
Today, patients have another option for relief of this debilitating type of joint pain.
Laser therapy is effective for treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including knee pain. Patients who undergo laser therapy report not only a significant decrease in pain, but also in pressure sensitivity, flexion limitations and swelling.
Laser therapy poses no risk of side effects and requires no lengthy recovery period or rehabilitation. By concentrating the body’s natural healing capacity, it reduces pain, inflammation, swelling and stiffness.
Among the many conditions that can be treated with therapeutic laser technology, patients with osteoarthritis report significant relief. Likewise, patients with bursitis, tendinitis, sprains and strains can all benefit from this safe, effective treatment.
Dr. Muir and the Utah Laser Therapy team are proud to offer this revolutionary alternative for knee treatment and pain management. Contact our Draper UT office today to learn more about laser therapy for knee pain.