The demands of modern-day life can be challenging – getting the kids ready for school, taking them to soccer practice, heading to and from work, and keeping up with chores – and these challenges can be aggravated when they’re accompanied with chronic, persistent knee pain. For many Americans, knee pain afflicts them on a daily basis, making it hard to get treatment or even consider downtime when there is simply so much going on in life.
When your knees hurt, it can feel like life stops. A simple flight of stairs becomes a daunting task.
If you think knee replacement surgery is your only option – think again.
Whether your knee pain stems from an injury, overuse or arthritis, knee injections can provide relief without invasive surgery. Below we’ll cover everything you need to know about knee injections.
Most people don’t voluntarily rush into surgery, but persistent knee pain may have you feeling like you have no other options. The truth is that surgical procedures should be the very last resort.
This is where a knee brace comes in. Whether you’re looking to ease existing knee pain or prevent it altogether, they can make a big difference in taking the aches out of your day-to-day activities.
Over the course of a lifetime, our knees withstand an awful lot. These weight-bearing knees of ours are vulnerable to injury, including osteoarthritis. One bright spot: Major surgery doesn’t have to be in your future. In fact, maintaining healthy knees really comes down to prevention. Looking for exercise for stronger knees? It might just be the best medicine.
Chronic pain is unfortunately part of everyday life for too many Americans. One 2011 Gallup study found that 26 percent of U.S. adults battle some sort of leg or knee issue; folks in their mid-50s and up suffer even more. Interestingly, taking an active role in your own health just might tip the scales. According to a New York Times report, being more competent about your health is associated with fewer hospitalizations and better control of chronic diseases.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a type of degenerative joint disease that becomes more prevalent as we age. Most common in folks 65 and older, OA typically springs up in the knees. In fact, 50 percent of adults will suffer from knee OA at some point in their lives, according to the Arthritis Foundation. For those suffering through it, chronic pain and bouts of immobility come with the territory.
Some knee pain may go away on its own, but others may need the help of an experienced doctor. If you have the following symptoms, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with us, so that we can properly diagnose your condition and create a personalized treatment plan that can work for you.
“It’s going to go away on its own.”
“The ibuprofen stopped the knee pain; it can’t be too bad.”
“I have 101 things to do. I’m too busy to see a doctor.”
Yes, most people wait too long to see a doctor about their knee pain, concur Dr. Pierce Waychoff, DC, clinic director and his wife, Erin Waychoff, DC, owners of Pain Stop North Phoenix.
Knee pain will affect one out of every two Americans at some point during their lives, according to the Arthritis Foundation. As the number two cause of chronic pain, more than a third of Americans report being affected by it at any given time.