Hip and knee pain are widespread issues, largely because these large joints bear a significant amount of your body weight. Both acute ligament and tendon damage and gradual joint deterioration can cause significant stress to the hips and knees.
Here are some common hip and knee conditions:
● Bursitis: Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that protect your joints. If they become irritated and inflamed, this can result in foot and heel pain. Trochanteric bursitis, which affects the outside of the hip, is particularly common.
● Arthritis and bone spurs: Osteoarthritis, a condition resulting from wear and tear, often impacts the hips and knees. Rheumatoid arthritis can also be a significant cause of hip and knee pain. Bone spurs, small outgrowths of bone, can develop alongside conditions like arthritis.
● Labral and meniscal tears: The labrum is a ring of cartilage in your hip, and the meniscus is similar cartilage in your knee. Sports injuries frequently result in labral and meniscal tears, although repetitive strain can also lead to cartilage damage.
● Tendon and ligament injuries: These are also common in sports, especially involving the knees. Some examples include strains of the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), patellar tendinitis (commonly known as runner's knee), and iliotibial (IT) band injury.
● Patellofemoral syndrome: Injuries to the kneecaps are often associated with jumping sports. Interestingly, stiffness in the big toes is often the underlying cause and hence the initial treatment site for patellofemoral syndrome.
How are hip and knee pain treated?
Dr. Abraham can assess which treatments are likely to benefit you most after examining you and reviewing diagnostic images such as X-rays and CT scans.
Initial treatments for hip and knee pain usually involve conservative measures. Dr. Abraham can refer you to local physical therapy specialists who offer targeted stretching and strengthening exercises. Additionally, he provides in-office manual manipulations, fascial deep tissue massage distortion, and direct neural treatments for added pain relief and improved joint function. These methods aim to reduce inflammation, enhance mobility, and strengthen the affected joints and muscles to prevent further injuries.
Dr. Abraham also specializes in the use of Prolotherapy for the treatment of hip and knee pain.
Prolotherapy treatments leverage your body's natural healing process by stimulating the production of healthy new cells. These new cells replace the old, damaged tissues, thus addressing the root cause of your hip or knee pain.
Every injection of Prolotherapy comprises natural sugars like glucose or dextrose. When these sugars reach the damaged tissues in your hip or knee, your body reacts by dispatching healing cells, including growth factors, which multiply quickly to repair the damage.
Dr. Abraham also employs a specialized Prolotherapy technique known as Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT). While using the same solution, PIT targets nerves just beneath your skin and prevents them from transmitting pain signals.
To explore innovative treatments like Prolotherapy for hip and knee pain, reach out to Dr. Irwin Abraham's office today to book an appointment. This could be a pivotal step towards a pain-free life.
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