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Step Towards Relief: Navigating the Best Treatment for Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis!

Feb 2, 2024 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Osteoarthritis affecting the knee or hip often leads to a gradual increase in pain and disability, potentially necessitating joint replacement surgery after a number of years. Clinical guidelines suggest exploring non-surgical treatments before considering surgery, offering several alternatives for patients. The challenge lies in determining the most effective approach for managing knee or hip osteoarthritis.

A 2018 study involved 206 individuals who satisfied the American College of Rheumatology’s criteria for knee and/or hip osteoarthritis diagnosis, had no history of rheumatoid arthritis or previous joint replacement, had not started opioid or corticosteroid treatments in the past month, and were capable of completing the intervention and a two-year follow-up. These participants were randomly divided into four groups: 1) usual care; 2) usual care with added supervised exercises; 3) usual care with manual therapy; and 4) usual care with both supervised exercises and manual therapy. Those in the latter three groups underwent ten initial treatment sessions and two additional sessions after four and thirteen months. All participants received ongoing usual care from their healthcare providers.

The study aimed to evaluate the most effective method by assessing cost and clinical outcomes using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), which considers pain, stiffness, and physical functionality. The findings revealed that the groups receiving manual therapy, exercises, or both (groups 2, 3, and 4) not only showed significant improvements in WOMAC scores but also resulted in considerable cost savings in healthcare and related expenses such as lost productivity.

These results underscore the value of incorporating manual therapies and supervised exercises into the treatment plan for knee or hip osteoarthritis. Such strategies not only alleviate symptoms and enhance quality of life but also are more economically efficient for the healthcare system, allowing resources to extend further. Chiropractors specialize in the conservative management of osteoarthritic conditions, aiming to prolong the functionality and quality of life of patients, thereby delaying the necessity for joint replacement surgery.

So, if you are experiencing knee pain, kneecap pain, or pain by your knee and you type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, and you find that Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “What is wrong with my knee?”  

Pain in the knee or pain on the knee is a problem that needs attention by someone near you. Kneecap pain can be particularly annoying.

Do I have a muscle strain in the knee or neuropathic pain?
You may be worried about having a meniscus tear or a Baker’s cyst or kneecap pain. 

Pain in the knee or pain on the knee is concerning for sure.  Some who may be concerned about neuropathy may be concerned if this is neuropathic pain. Many in your area who have been diagnosed with neuropathy have been on high-dosage chemicals and wonder why their knee pain remains persistent. Pickleball, golf, and tennis are common sports to cause knee pain. Some try strong chemicals to no avail. Others around you may have tried applying chemical gel to the affected area with temporary relief at best.

As a last resort, some type in pain management to find relief.  Hopefully, you won’t have a torn meniscus but if you do, it doesn’t mean surgery is your only option. Obviously, most want to avoid a knee replacement.  Sometimes it can be a patellar tendon irritation easily resolved with conservative non-surgical treatment. Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitate a visit to see a professional before it becomes a surgical case. 

 Check out what the experts say about chiropractic care for knee pain here:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32749874/

At Coast Chiropractic Centers we look forward to providing relief to those suffering from any type of pain.  Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 or stop by on your day off for a walk in visit and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.

If you would like to avoid getting knee pain in the first place or to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness nearby, our membership program called Club C may be just the thing for you with great cost savings, convenience, and even more importantly, a plan to get your health back and keep it.

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