Pain Relief is Possible

Do you have debilitating or uncomfortable pain in your knees or hips? You’re not the only one. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, knee pain is a common condition, resulting in 19.4 million pain-related visits to a physician’s office each year. Hip pain is also a significant stressor. Over 300,000 hip replacements are performed each year in the United States.

The knees and hips take a beating through our lives and for the most part carry us through life, allowing participation in activities that we often take for granted. When these joints hurt we often realize how important and complex these body parts are. There are tendons, bones, and muscles that work together to allow you to move. And if these joints become injured, it can significantly impact your activity levels.

Common causes of hip and knee pain 

There are numerous conditions that can impair the movement of your knees and hips. These problems can arise as a result of a traumatic injury, a chronic disease, or repetitive irritation during movement. Inflammation sets in and if the triggers of the inflammation are not addressed the pain can become debilitating.

  • Strains and sprains – Strains and sprains are common injuries that can occur in a variety of ways in the hips or near the knees. Strains occur when a muscle or tendon becomes overstretched or torn. A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn. Ligaments can fully tear resulting in a rupture, causing bruising, restricted mobility, and pain.
  • Meniscus tear – Meniscus tears are one of the most common types of knee injuries. Swelling, stiffness, clicking and the knee getting stuck in various positions requiring you to “jiggle” it around to regain full movement, and varying degrees of pain are all symptoms of this injury. You’re also more likely to develop this injury if you’ve pivoted quickly and twisted your knee. This is one reason why meniscal tears are commonly seen in athletics.
  • Bursitis – Bursitis develops when a small sac of fluid known as the “bursa” becomes inflamed and painful. These bursa protect the joint and tendons by providing shock absorption. Bursitis, like many other conditions, can be caused by, a traumatic event, and overuse or repetitive injuries. It can occur in a variety of body parts, including the elbows, knees, and hips.
  • Arthritis – Arthritis, also known as “osteoarthritis,” occurs when the tissues surrounding the joints become inflamed and irritated. This condition can cause pain in any joint including knees and hips.

Less Commonly Know Causes of Chronic Knee Pain

Gut health: The gut joint access is a relatively new breakthrough in recent research dedicated to arthritis sufferers. More and more data is mounting to demonstrate that our diet can contribute to poor gut health. When a structure in the gut called tight junctions are damaged, this can lead to molecules from digesting food and substances called endotoxins leaking into the body causing systemic inflammation (think autoimmune disease) or localized inflammation (think arthritis in a joint). More about the gut-joint access here.

Stress: Another little know fact about stress and the elevated cortisol levels that come with it, is that it can contribute to joint pain. And when that stress is chronic our brain can be primed to make us feel pain more often than we normally would. There is a saying “what fires together, wires together.” That is related to the nerve pathways in the body. If those nerves are primed to fire because of chronic mental and physical stress then they often become more likely to fire and cause pain that should have resolved a long time ago.

I personally have addressed the joint pain that I used to have with exercise and ice. That tends to work well when there is a new or acute injury. But thankfully by addressing the gut-joint access with an optimal diet and personalized supplementation program the excessive arthritis I have in my knee, along with two torn meniscus and a sprained ligament, don’t give me problems unless I overdue an activity. If that happens, I turn to our advanced technology Softwave for a quick treatment and the pain once again is gone. No More Chronic Pain that inhibits my activities. I also regularly address the stress in my life with stress management techniques.

I hope you can come see us soon.

Stacey Roberts PT, RN, MSN

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Your practitioner will perform a thorough examination of your body, pinpoint the areas of your hips and knees that are causing you pain, and design a personalized treatment plan for your specific condition.

Discover how we can help you reduce or even eliminate your knee or hip pain today. You deserve to be able to resume your favorite activities without fear of being limited by your hips and knees. So, what are you waiting for? You can find relief with one of our highly experienced practitioners. Contact our office today to set up your one-on-one evaluation and get back on track to recovery.

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