The Response of Modern Medicine Since cartilage typically heals very slowly and poorly, traditional modern treatment often involves shaving or removing the torn portion of the tear using arthroscopic surgery, or even sewing the tear together. The problem with this approach is that it does nothing to repair the deteriorated cartilage in the meniscus and, thus, does not alleviate the chronic pain that people with this condition experience. In fact, with this approach the demise of the cartilage is inevitable because the meniscus provides nutrition to the articular cartilage, and if the cartilage is damaged, pressure on the bone will be too great and arthritis will follow (see figure). Although the individual may feel better for a while after surgery, the fact is that the injured tissue remains injured. If the torn meniscus is completely removed, too much pressure will be put on the articular cartilage, which will lessen the shock absorption.
Another standard practice of modern medicine is to inject steroids or to prescribe anti-inflammatory medications. This is particularly the case if the patient is an athlete, in which case RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) treatment is also a standard procedure. However, in the long run, these treatments do more damage than good. The RICE treatment actually hinders healing rather than promoting it by further decreasing the circulation to the damaged meniscus dramatically. Similarly, although cortisone shots and anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to produce short-term pain benefit, both result in long-term loss of function and even more chronic pain by actually inhibiting the healing process of soft tissues and accelerating cartilage degeneration. Plus, long-term use of these drugs can lead to other sources of chronic pain,allergies and leaky gut syndrome.
And when all else fails, patients who experience chronic pain as a result of a torn meniscus may be referred to a surgeon for a possible knee replacement. Unfortunately, surgery often makes the problem worse. Surgeons will use x-ray technology as a diagnostic tool, which does not always properly diagnose the pain source. In addition, decisions to remove cartilage tissue will most commonly result in arthritis.
The Natural Medicine Approach to a Torn Meniscus A better approach is to stimulate meniscus repair with Prolotherapy. Unlike the traditional modern medicine approach, Prolotherapy heals the meniscus because it stimulates fibroblastic growth of new, stronger meniscal tissue, thereby repairing the area. Chronic pain is most commonly due to tendon and ligament weakness or cartilage deterioration. The safest and most effective natural medicine treatment for repairing tendon, ligament and cartilage damage is Prolotherapy. In simple terms, Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair painful areas. It does so by inducing a mild inflammatory reaction in the weakened ligaments and cartilage. Since the body heals by inflammation, Prolotherapy stimulates healing.
Prolotherapy offers the most curative results in treating chronic pain. It effectively eliminates pain because it attacks the source: the fibro-osseous junction, an area rich in sensory nerves. What’s more, the tissue strengthening and pain relief stimulated by Prolotherapy is permanent!
Caring Medical is a full time Prolotherapy doctor’s office. We have successfully treated all of the conditions we write about. This is why patients travel from across the country and internationally to be treated by our Prolotherapy physician Dr. Ross Hauser. The difference is in the care, technique, and experience you get with Dr. Hauser and team at Caring Medical.
The treatment regimens suggested here are based on the experience of Caring Medical. They do not apply to every case or condition. A person using these recommendations without the aid of a personal physician does so at their own risk.
This information is provided for informational purposes only. It is essential to have your condition evaluated by your own personal physician.
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