Symptoms caused by Knee Instability
- Crepitation with movement
- Knee pain
- Knee popping
- Knee swelling
- Loss of knee motion
- Loss of muscle strength
- Muscle spasms
- Referral lower leg pain
These symptoms can be signs of the following knee pain conditions caused by knee instability that we commonly treat with Prolotherapy.
Chronic Conditions caused by Knee Instability
Knee pain can start from a traumatic event, such as a fall or football tackle. Or it can become more apparent over time, with increasingly stiff and swollen knees. Knee joint instability is the most common reason for knee pain, yet often goes undiagnosed in patients and lead to unnecessary knee surgery. It is due to weakness or tears of the ligaments and tendon attachments surrounding the knee joint. Knee instability can also result in the kneecap tracking abnormally, causing pain and the cartilage under the kneecap to wear down.
How soft tissue injury leads to Degenerative Arthritis
Following a trauma, ligaments become sprained and relaxed. If left untreated, chronic joint instability and destructive joint motion occur with continued use of the joint, ultimately leading to extensive degenerative changes and osteoarthritis. Destructive joint motion and the degenerative process can be prevented with appropriate intervention through Prolotherapy, including traditional dextrose Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Stem Cell Therapy. These regenerative treatments can be used for arthritic joints as well, but utilizing these options earlier can potentially save a lot of lost time and lifestyle adjustments due to pain.
Prolotherapy Treatment for Knee Pain
Prolotherapy stops knee pain because it corrects the reason for the knee pain, plain and simple. Prolotherapy injections target the damaged ligaments that are causing the underlying knee instability which, in turn, causes destructive joint motions that erode the cartilage. By stabilizing knee joint motion, Prolotherapy can stop the accelerated degenerative cascade, and even allow the regeneration of cartilage as can be seen on x-ray. The injections induce a localized, temporary inflammatory response, stimulating your body’s natural healing cascade. Remember, no tissue in the body repairs without the use of inflammation—it is how all of our tissues repair! The local inflammation induced by Prolotherapy is far different than chronic, systemic inflammatory conditions. The use of Prolotherapy is also the complete opposite of pain “management” treatments like cortisone injections and NSAIDs. Corticosteroids and NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen) are used to turn off the pain signal, but also turn off the body’s healing (inflammatory) cascade, a crippling long-term side effect that does not allow for normal knee repair and sets a patient up for eventual knee replacement surgery. As opposed to knee surgery, a major advantage of a Prolotherapy treatment course is that patients remain active while the tissue repairs.
Knee Prolotherapy vs. Knee Surgery
Which would you rather have?
The Caring Medical Prolotherapy protocols treat the knee more comprehensively when compared to the majority of other regenerative protocols, including offices doing single-shot PRP or stem cell injections. Whether a patient is an ideal candidate for traditional dextrose Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, or Stem Cell therapy, each patient receives a full joint treatment. In our clinical experience, providing patients with more comprehensive treatment techniques is superior for obtaining long-term Prolotherapy results, and fewer overall treatments are typically needed. Our specialists work with each patient to determine which solution is ideal to turn on the type of healing response needed to resolve the condition.
Prolotherapy Treatment for Knee Arthritis
Degenerative vs. Regenerative cascade. Traditional treatments intensify the degenerative cascade wheras Prolotherapy restores knee joint physiology and biomechanics.
Our Research on the use of Prolotherapy for Knee Pain
In our observational study, patients with unresolved knee pain reported clinically relevant improvements in their pain levels and quality of life after receiving dextrose Prolotherapy. The complete study and results can be read here: Hauser R, Hauser M. A Retrospective Study on Dextrose Prolotherapy for Unresolved Knee Pain at an Outpatient Charity Clinic in Rural Illinois. Journal of Prolotherapy. 2009;1(1):11-21.
Pain scale is 1-10 where 1 = no pain & 10 = unrelenting pain.
We get patient satisfaction results. In 9/10 cases we meet or beat the patients expectations. Our results are long lasting and provide permanent pain relief. This is why patients travel from all over the world to see our providers.
Our other studies on regenerative treatment outcomes for knee pain
- The Case for Utilizing Prolotherapy as First-Line Treatment for Meniscal Pathology: A Retrospective Study Shows Prolotherapy is Effective in the Treatment of MRI-Documented Meniscal Tears and Degeneration
- The Deterioration of Articular Cartilage in Osteoarthritis by Corticosteroid Injections
- Standard Clinical X-ray Studies Document Cartilage Regeneration in Five Degenerated Knees After Prolotherapy
- Prolotherapy is the Best Treatment for Knee Pain and Instability
- Prolotherapy as an Alternative to Surgery
- A Systematic Review of Dextrose Prolotherapy for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
- Evidence-Based Use of Dextrose Prolotherapy for Musculoskeletal Pain: A Scientific Literature Review
- Joint Instability Treatment with Prolotherapy
Patient Success Stories using Prolotherapy for Knee Pain
Prolotherapy Saved Me From Bilateral Knee Replacements!
56 year-old Alek Jakich, an avid body builder, who suffered from chronic, severe, debilitating bilateral knee pain was told he needed bilateral knee replacements in order to have any chance at a semi-normal life again, but was also told he would likely never lift weights again post surgery. Instead, Alek chose Prolotherapy, along with proper exercise and nutritional supplementation over surgery to regain the active life style to which he was accustomed.
Get a second opinion from a Prolotherapist before undergoing knee surgery. Read the entire case study and Alek’s full results.
Flouroquinolones & Tendinosis
GH, a very active 60 yo with crippling, bilateral knee pain, unrelieved by daily anti-inflammatories, was very worried, due to unrelenting pain keeping him from playing tennis. Years earlier, he suffered from Achilles tendinosis associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotic intake, which lead to the stiff, tender iliotibial bands and painful hamstrings along the posterior knee, “like a giant steel U-shaped vise,” that lead GH to seek Prolotherapy. After one treatment to the bilateral ITB’s, hamstring insertions, and comprehensive injections around the knees, GH experienced “miraculous” pain-free movement, feeling 20 years younger.
Quinolone antibiotics are known to cause tendinosis which may mimic disabling arthritic type symptoms. Tendinosis is effectively treated with Comprehensive Prolotherapy.
Degenerative Knee Osteoarthritis
BB suffered such severe knee pain that he went on disability at age 59, diagnosed with “bone on bone” osteoarthritis. He was prescribed NSAIDs, given corticosteroid injections, and eventually received an arthroscopic meniscectomy with removal of cartilage. Viscosupplementation injections were also tried, but these also failed to bring about sustained pain relief. His orthopedist recommended a knee replacement. Instead, BB received 3 dextrose Prolotherapy treatments and saw almost immediate pain relief and overall long-term functional improvement.
Joints degenerate because of joint instability. Allopathic solutions such as NSAIDs, cortisone, arthroscopy and meniscectomy cause further degeneration. On the other hand, Prolotherapy repairs ligament laxity, stabilizing the joint and relieving chronic pain.
More Information about Prolotherapy for Knee Pain
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- Iliotibial Band Syndrome | Knee pain in Runners
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- Surgery and non-surgical treatments for patellar instability
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- Research on Alternatives to Knee Replacement Surgery
- Patellar Tendinopathy | Jumper’s Knee
- ACL reconstruction surgery alternatives and treatment options | Prolotherapy, PRP and stem cells
- Prolotherapy for Meniscus Tears
- Should I have knee surgery for meniscus tear?
- Stem Cell injections for knee meniscus tears and post-meniscectomy
- Platelet rich plasma injections for meniscus tears
- Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis | Options and Alternatives
- Knee Synovitis | Synovial inflammation of the knee
- Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis
- Treating loose bodies in your knee
- Stem cell bone regeneration | Repairing bone damage from osteoarthritis
- Medial Collateral Ligament Knee Injury
- Saying NO to Arthroscopic knee surgery for osteoarthritis
- After ACL Reconstruction | Complications and knee instability
- Knee osteoarthritis pain worsens depression | Depression worsens knee osteoarthritis pain
- The many types of meniscus tears
- Arthroscopic surgery and stem cells – the best of both worlds?
- Treating osteoarthritis in the aging masters athlete
- Oral Contraceptive Use | Does Estrogen cause or prevent ACL injury?
- Prolotherapy Baker’s cyst treatment
- Meniscus Scaffolds
- Joint replacement complications may be affected by pre-surgery depression and anxiety
- Treating the whole knee treats widespread body pain
- Knee Tendinopathy | Tendinosis | Tendonitis
- Chondromalacia Patella
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury and Treatments
- Posterolateral corner injuries of the knee
- BEFORE you consider Knee Distraction Surgery
- Stem Cell Prolotherapy repair of the ACL tear
- LCL | Lateral Collateral Ligament Injury of the Knee
- Cobalt poisoning in knee replacements
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease
Videos about Prolotherapy for Knee Pain
We Get the Best Results
In 9/10 cases we meet or beat the patients expectations. Our results are long lasting and provide permanent pain relief. This is why for 25 years, patients have been traveling from all over the world to see our providers. Give us a call, or fill out the form below to get started.