Treating the whole knee treats widespread body pain

Dr. David Woznica ProlotherapistDavid N. Woznica, MD

In this article, David Woznica, MD discusses situations when knee pain causes pain throughout the body. The knee is the most common joint treated with Prolotherapy at Caring Medical.

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Treating the whole knee treats widespread body pain

If there is any more doubt that knee pain is  guiding force in disruption of the body homeostasis (the balance between health and non-health) and a cause of why your whole body hurts when you have knee pain. Listen to this research:

Seven Universities, the University of Montreal, Kansas, Alabama, California at Davis UCD, California at San Francisco UCSF, Iowa, and the Boston University School of Medicine teamed up to present findings in the medical journal Arthritis care & research that suggests knee osteoarthritis causes wide spread body pain.

The research team looked at patients who had or were at risk of knee osteoarthritis. These were patients who had consistent frequent knee pain, radiographic documented osteoarthritis, symptomatic osteoarthritis, and knee pain severity at the 60-month visit (baseline).

Consistent frequent knee pain, symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, and knee pain severity increased the risk of developing widespread body pain, independently of structural pathology. Meaning the severity of the damage to the diseased knee was not the factor, but the level of pain the patient was experiencing was.1

Side note: Over the years we have seen patients who had terrible Knee MRIs showing incredible damage, but for the most part they had no pain. We have also seen patients who had little damage, who had very much pain. What the study suggests is you must help the patient find the cause of the pain, and sometimes it is not in the structural damage.

1 Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017 Jun;69(6):826-832. doi: 10.1002/acr.23086. Epub 2017 May 8.
Knee Pain and Structural Damage as Risk Factors for Incident Widespread Pain: Data From the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study.

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