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Revolutionary Knee Osteoarthritis Treatments Now Available
When other health providers are unable to find a solution for knee pain or injuries, Atlantic Spine Center offers effective and advanced knee pain management solutions, physical therapy and regenerative therapy with repair cells and concentrated platelets. Through a combination of innovative methods, skilled specialists and the latest breakthrough in science and equipment, we can help your knees heal faster and with less invasive measures. Surgery is not something you should opt for unless all else has failed, so come talk to us about a number of revolutionary knee procedures that are changing our clients’ lives by relieving symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Our goal is to help you get back on your feet faster, and with less pain and suffering. In addition, our entire team works together. Whether you need injury care, rehabilitation, physical therapy or just need new options for your osteoarthritis knee care, we are here to discuss the right plan for you.
Your knee pain is unique, but some common knee conditions include:
Quadriceps Tendonitis - Tissue damage from the quadriceps to just above the knee cap occurs when prolonged strain is placed on the quadriceps tendon. Associated with sports, this type of inflammation may appear in athletic activities involving kicking, jumping, squatting or running.
Osgood Schlatters Disease - This is a disease often associated with the growing pains of youth, due to increased tension or growth spurts. The bone swells and can be visible at the top of the shin. Kids who jump or run or who are physically active may be more prone to Osgood Schlatters Disease.
Medial & Lateral Meniscus Tears - This is when a cartilage tissue in the knee tears. A lateral is an outer side, while a medial is an inner side, and these happen often during athletics when a sudden shift in movement or direction causes a rip to take place. If blunt force is placed while a knee is firmly planted, it can cause a meniscal tear. Some people get it from weight-bearing activities, such as stair climbing, kneeling, bending, squatting or other repetitive movements.
LCL or MCL Tears - Either Lateral Collateral Ligament or Medial Collateral Ligament injuries involve the tearing of these stabilizers of the knee, usually from side-to-side movements or excessive twisting motion. The tears can be mild or severe, or small or large enough to rupture and cause terrible disability and pain.
ACL Tears - In the sports medicine industry, ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament, and this ligament is an important part of the knee’s stability. A tear is often caused by too much pressure on the knee, either because of a specific injury or sudden twisting, hyperextension and forward motion of the tibia of the femur. Some people can hear a tearing or snapping sound when it happens and an ACL tear can be painful, swollen and severe. This impacts the stability of the knee, causing it to weaken.
Pre-Patellar Bursitis - Repetitive motion or prolonged kneeling on hard surfaces can bring on this condition, which is shown in the form of inflammation and tissue damage in the fluid-filled sac between the front of the knee and knee cap. This can make the kneecaps swell and eventually develop a “bursa” that will be visible even through the skin.
Patellofemoral Pain - Inflammation or damage to the tissue of the patellofemoral joint – which is between the femur and patella – occurs due to misalignment. When this happens, common activities make it worse and the patient may feel it most underneath the kneecap.
Knee Arthritis - Once arthritis sets into a knee, it lessens the knee’s natural ability to bend and absorb shock, especially as arthritis worsens and more cartilage rubs away. The joint space may narrow to a point where the bone is rubbing against the bone, with no shock absorption in between. A patient may hear a clicking, grinding, or feel as though the knee is locked in place during certain movements.
Bakers Cysts - Although associated with knee joint injury, the baker’s cyst is often a secondary condition to the changes from having a meniscal tear or osteoarthritis. It appears in the form of a lumpy, swollen and hard cyst on the back of the knee, and can become sore and painful.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome - Also known as ITB syndrome, this condition describes the part of the knee that crosses the knee joint on the exterior (lateral) side, and is often attributed to overuse from repeated bending and straightening motion. It can be progressive and worsen as time goes on until it becomes unbearable.
Usually, for osteoarthritis knee treatment, pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs are quite effective. There are some over-the-counter options, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If such drugs aren’t effective for knee arthritis, a doctor can offer you prescribed medications.
In some cases, patients are advised to get injections of corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid into the knee. Steroids are especially effective, as they have anti-inflammatory properties.
Physical and occupational therapy can be very effective as a knee arthritis treatment. A therapist can show you special exercises to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. It can relieve pain, as well as prevent future damage. A specialist can also help you find movements that cause less pain.
Also, there are some alternative therapies, such as acupuncture or yoga.
Using special devices can also help you ease the pain, as braces can either provide support or take some weight off the knees.
Surgery is usually the last choice when other osteoarthritis treatment options didn’t provide relief. There are three most common surgeries that are used to treat osteoarthritis.
In arthroscopy, a surgeon uses a small telescope and other small instruments inserted through small incisions to remove damaged cartilage, loose particles, etc.
An osteotomy improves knee alignment. It is most helpful for a broken knee, which didn’t heal properly.
Arthroplasty is a joint replacement surgery, during which a joint is replaced with artificial parts.
Our top-notch physical therapists, athletic trainers, board-certified physicians and chiropractors will help your knee heal quickly. We offer many innovative and high-end devices that will improve and strengthen your knees so that you can return to peak performance.