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Knee Pain

Don’t let knee pain stop you!

Normal knee function is needed to perform almost all of your usual daily activities. Your knee allows you to walk, bend, kneel and squat. If your knee is injured or if it is painful due to arthritis, you will find it difficult to perform daily activities.

More and more “boomers” are opting for knee replacement surgery earlier in life. Boomers these days are more active and want to run, dance, and play basketball as they did in their 20s.
Advances in total knee replacement have come a long way since the first surgery in 1968. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 500,000 people go under the knife each year to have arthritic and damaged knees replaced.

When knee replacement is successful, it can be a powerful change in your life, but when it goes wrong, it can be catastrophic. Any lower extremity surgery can lead to blood clots, infections and other complications.

Most orthopedic surgeons recommend knee replacement only after all other options have been explored. Their first level of treatment usually involves over-the-counter pain medications, supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin, and possibly physical therapy. If none of these provide relief the next step is to consider steroid injections.

Knee pain experienced from a single trauma or repeated events usually damage or stretch the ligaments or tendons. Prolotherapy is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s own healing processes to reconstruct ligaments, tendons and strengthen joints.

Prolotherapy is a safe, simple and effective orthopedic procedure that has provided significant relief to thousands of patients for painful knee conditions. It has provided relief of painful knee conditions when other treatments have failed. It can be an alternative option especially if knee surgery has been recommended.

Dr. Howell has had extensive post graduate training in prolotherapy and is one of only two naturopathic physicians personally mentored and trained by Kent Pomeroy MD. You can call Dr. Howell for a free 15 minute consult to find out if you are a candidate for prolotherapy.

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