Knee joint wear
1. DEVELOPMENT OF KNEE PAIN
Knee pain is one of the most frequent musculoskeletal problems in the world. It generally develops at older ages, but it is also frequent among athletes. The cause of knee pain can be joint wear, inflammation, injury or the combination of these. It makes the everyday life of patients miserable, impairing their ability to work, pay attention, concentrate and relax, or even to put up with others. Another serious problem is movement disability. The pain and symptoms can be mitigated, but the most important thing is to treat the basic cause. It is easier to achieve total pain relief in case of inflammation or injury than in case of joint wear.
2. TREATMENT OF KNEE JOINT WEAR
Treatment of Knee Joint Wear with Conventional Therapy
Non-steroidal pain medication: Either prescription or over-the-counter drugs, to be taken regularly or periodically. They burden the stomach (e.g. nausea, vomiting) and the liver (e.g. abnormal liver function values) seriously, but the patient information leaflet also mentions headache or dizziness as possible side effects.
Dietary supplements for cartilage repair: These over-the-counter products are effective in cartilage regeneration, but some of them are overpriced, and they are often wrongly recommended by specialists in misdiagnosed cases (e.g. ligament inflammation). They need to be taken regularly, otherwise the regrown cartilage will wear off again.
Patches: Transdermal patches saturated with anti-inflammatory substance for local treatment. They are quite expensive to use and also not very effective, not to mention that they fall off easily (especially in case of perspiration) and make personal hygiene difficult to maintain.
Steroid tablets and injection: Very strong and nearly always efficient painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, with equally strong side effects. As they contain hormones, they impact the hormonal system as well: according to the patient information leaflet, they can cause e.g. menstrual disorder and a wide range of other side effects (peptic ulcer, cardiac arrhythmia, high blood pressure, seizures and more).
Physiotherapy: ultrasound, electrical treatment etc. These methods are quite efficient, but many treatment sessions are required. Considering today’s healthcare system, it is hard to get this kind of treatment, and patients are usually prescribed less treatment sessions than they should receive in order to get healed. Another difficulty is that patients have to fit the treatment schedule in their lives.
Therapeutic exercises, massage: It is very important to get the joints moving, especially in case of rehabilitation after surgery. Many people avail of massage just for relaxation and recreation purposes, although it can also loosen up spastic muscles, and it can be used in combination with manual therapy for the correction of abnormal bone and joint positions. However, it cannot heal joint and ligament inflammation. In the long run it is costly, and many patients find it difficult (not least because of their pain) to visit a good specialist regularly, sometimes in another city or district.
Thermal spas, balneotherapy: Here patients can also receive physiotherapy, therapeutic exercises, massage etc. Hungary has several high-level balneotherapeutic facilities. However, patients may find it to leave their home for 2-4 weeks, spending their holiday in a spa, or going on sick leave. Of course, it is not cheap either.
Surgery: arthroscopy, open surgeries, knee replacement. This is the final solution for many cases of injuries or chronic pain. But if it does not help either, how to go on?
3. HOW CAN SAFE LASER HELP?
Laser therapy performed with Safe Laser, developed as a result of a 40-year-long medical laser research, has pain relieving, inflammation reducing and biostimulating effects on the irradiated area.
In case of musculoskeletal problems, long-term irradiation has been observed to regenerate damaged joints, muscles and ligaments, resulting in the mitigation or even termination of complaints.
In order to reduce knee pain, we treat the hip joint as well as the tense muscles that move it. Thus we can also reduce the pain radiating into the knee joint.
In case of knee joint ware, the use of Safe Laser 500 Infra is recommended. Several of our patients reported that they had applied the Safe Laser 500 device with success. Some patients’ condition had improved so much that they even canceled the knee replacement surgery.