As we age, certain parts of our body wear down overtime. You may have even noticed that over the years you’ve experienced an increased number of aches, pains, and stiffness. One of the more fragile areas of the body that’s particularly susceptible to damage are our knees. In our knee, there’s a cushion known as cartilage.
One thing you may have heard over the years is that knee and joint pain is just a part of “getting older”. This is true… to an extent.
As we age, our cartilage or “knee cushioning” begins to deteriorate. A reduction in cartilage makes it more difficult to perform tasks that we could have done effortlessly in our younger years.
When left untreated, deteriorating cartilage can reduce to bone on bone, a painful condition that often leads to patients opting for knee replacement surgery. If however, you can totally straighten and then bend your knee to 110 or more degrees, IT IS NOT EVEN POSSIBLE that your knee joint is bone on bone through that range of motion!
Can You Delay Joint Deterioration?
If you’re looking to avoid knee surgery, there are alternative options available. And in fact, you may want to try less invasive procedures before resorting to a major surgery.
Earlier I mentioned that it’s not necessarily true that knee and joint issues are a part of aging. While they do become more susceptible to injury over time, that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to protect them now!
Here are just a few important steps you can take to protect your knees today:
Food is much more than just calories! Everything you eat can directly affect biological processes in your body. For example, some foods are extremely high in Omega 6, an inflammatory fatty acid that can worsen joint conditions. Your body can repair joints and tissue, but this requires a massive amount of nutrients that are simply not found in processed foods.
Foods that are beneficial for joint pain include:
- Bone Broth
- Fatty Fish fresh caught (Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna,)
- Sulfur Containing Foods (Garlic, Eggs, and Onions)
If you are experiencing knee pain, it’s important to avoid inflammatory foods. These include wheat, processed meats, sugar, and any processed foods high in carbohydrates.
Supplements are a great way to give our body extra nutrition. And there are a few supplements that have been shown to be particularly beneficial for those suffering from joint pain including:
- Eggshell Membrane
Increasing muscle strength in the leg and knee area is important for anyone looking to help prevent knee osteoarthritis. Strengthened muscles can help absorb some of the impact on your knee, which takes the burden away from the knee joint itself.
Stem Cell Treatment and PRP Injections
While diet, supplements, and exercise should be at the forefront of all osteoarthritis treatment plans, some individuals need a little more support. This is where therapies such as PRP treatment and stem call injections can help.
PRP Injections involve the use of platelet-rich-plasma, a highly concentrated form of plasma that is directly injected into your joint. To do this, a PRP doctor draws blood from the patient. The drawn blood is concentrated in a centrifuge machine which increases the growth factors that promote a healing response in the body. These injections have shown to be very effective in a variety of conditions, including knee pain.
Stem Cell Therapy is a new procedure that uses advanced technology for treating a wide variety of conditions including meniscal and tendon tears, knee osteoarthritis, ligament injuries, and more.
While you may have heard about the stem cell controversy, the type of treatment we’re talking about does not involve the use of human or animal embryos. At our stem cell clinic, we use your body’s very own stem cells and blood, as well as approved donor stem cells to create a highly concentrated and potent healing cocktail that is then injected into the injured joint.
Remember, no matter how old you are in life, there’s no reason to suffer from joint pain. There have been many advances in the treatment of knee conditions over the last few decades. Now, there are more options than ever to help those suffering from arthritis.