Patient Education

he more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you’ll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. Our team of Knee Pain Specialist professionals empower patients to take charge of your own health and future, educating you about your condition to decrease your need for future care. We’ve included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and urge you to contact our practice at any time to make an appointment with one of our Knee Pain Specialist.

Surgical Options

About Total Knee Replacement

Joint replacement is becoming more common, and hips and knees are the most commonly replaced joints. In 2006, 542,000 total knee replacements and 231,000 total hip replacements were performed.

The new joint, called a prosthesis, can be made of plastic, metal, or both. It may be cemented into place or uncemented. An uncemented prosthesis is designed so that bones will grow into it.

First made available in the late 1950s, early total knee replacements did a poor job of mimicking the natural motion of the knee.  For that reason, these procedures resulted in high failure and complication rates. Advances in total knee replacement technology in the past 10 to 15 years have enhanced the design and fit of knee implants.

Total knee replacement is often the answer for people when x rays and other tests show joint damage; when moderate-to-severe, persistent pain does not improve adequately with nonsurgical treatment; and when the limited range of motion in their knee joint diminishes their quality of life.

In the past, patients between 60 and 75 years of age were considered to be the best candidates for total knee replacement. Over the past two decades, however, that age range has broadened to include more patients older than 75, who are likely to have other health issues, and patients younger than 60, who are generally more physically active and whose implants will probably be exposed to greater mechanical stress.

About 90 percent of patients appear to experience rapid and substantial reduction in pain, feel better in general, and enjoy improved joint function. Although most total knee replacement surgeries are successful, failure does occur and revision is sometimes necessary. Risk factors include being younger than 55 years old, being male, being obese, and having osteoarthritis, infection, or other illnesses.

Non-Surgical Options

Injections
Spectrum Medical Group uses an advanced combination of treatments for eliminating or reducing knee pain fast.

Keys to Spectrum Medical’s Knee Pain Success

  • Hyalgan is an FDA-approved, naturally-derived product that reduces inflammation and pain while enhancing the lubricating and shock-absorbing properties of the knee.
  • Injections are guided with a Diagnostic Ultrasound unit to ensure minimal pain and maximum accuracy.
  • Physical Therapy Rehabilitation is a unique, advanced knee rehabilitation program that maximally enhances the lubricating and shock absorbing effect of Hyalgan injections.
  • Licensed Physical Therapist on site works individually with each patient.

Physical Therapy

There are certain types of exercises that are best for people with knee pain. Ideally, everyone should get three types of exercise regularly.

  • function of the heart and circulation and to help control weight. Weight control can be important to people who have arthritis because extra weight puts pressure on many joints. Some studies show that aerobic exercise can reduce inflammation in some joints.

If you already have knee problems, your doctor or physical therapist can help with a plan of exercise that will help the knee(s) without increasing the risk of injury or further damage. As a general rule, you should choose gentle exercises such as swimming, aquatic exercise, or walking rather than jarring exercises such as jogging or high-impact aerobics.

BioniCare Knee System

This treatment is the non-drug, non-invasive option for those looking to reduce knee pain due to osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee who might not be ready or able to have knee replacement surgery.

Keys to Spectrum Medical’s Knee Pain Success

  • The BioniCare Knee System is a combination of an “unloading” brace and joint stimulator.
  • The brace can rapidly relieve pain while the patient is walking and/or standing.
  • The joint stimulator helps to improve the overall health of the knee’s cartilage.
  • Hyalgan is an FDA-approved, naturally-derived product that reduces inflammation and pain while enhancing the lubricating and shock-absorbing properties of the knee’s synvoial joint fluid.
  • Injections are guided with a Diagnostic Ultrasound unit to ensure minimal pain and maximum accuracy.
  • Physical Therapy Rehabilitation is a unique, advanced knee rehabilitation program that maximally enhances the lubricating and shock absorbing effect of Hyalgan injections.
  • By combining the BioniCare Knee System, Hyalgan injections, and Physical Therapy rehabilitation, patients could get immediate, mid-term, and long-lasting pain relief.
    • Hyalgan is an FDA-approved, naturally-derived product that reduces inflammation and pain while enhancing the lubricating and shock-absorbing properties of the knee.
    • Injections are guided with a Diagnostic Ultrasound unit to ensure minimal pain and maximum accuracy.
    • Physical Therapy Rehabilitation is a unique, advanced knee rehabilitation program that maximally enhances the lubricating and shock absorbing effect of Hyalgan injections.
    • Licensed Physical Therapist on site works individually with each patient.
    • Range-of-motion exercises to help maintain normal joint movement and relieve stiffness.
    • Strengthening exercises to help keep or increase muscle strength. Keeping muscles strong with exercises, such as walking up stairs, doing leg lifts or dips, or riding a stationary bicycle, helps support and protect the knee.
    • Aerobic or endurance exercises to improve

How Can This Program Prevent Surgery?

Your knee has two levels of defense: the cartilage and the synovial joint fluid. With arthritis, both wear out. The BioniCare Knee System helps by taking the “weight” off of your knee joint and improving the health of the cartilage. While the Hyalgan injections and Physical Therapy  rehabilitation enhance the natural lubricating and shock absorbing properties of synovial joint fluid. The combination of the 3 treatments can reduce pain and inflammation and possibly slow the progression of your arthritis, allowing you to enjoy your every day activities.

Side effects are rare, and the best results occur when Hyalgan injections are performed with Diagnostic Ultrasound  guidance to minimize discomfort and ensure the medicine gets exactly where it needs to go. Without the live Diagnostic Ultrasound guidance, there is no guarantee that the Hyalgan actually got inside the joint capsule