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Most conservative treatments for joint pain seem to be based on good old common sense, but they aren't always based on science. The treatments might work just fine, yet there may not be any solid research to back them up. This is the case in treating patellofemoral pain. Patellofemoral pain is often felt behind the kneecap (the patella ). Patellofemoral pain mainly occurs during activities such as climbing stairs, squatting, running, and kneeling. Patellofemoral pain is very common, especially in athletes. No one really understands what causes the pain. There may be several different causes. But no matter what the cause, the standard treatment is physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the tissues around the kneecap. But does physical therapy really work better than the simple effects of time? So far there has been no strong research to prove it. These researchers in Australia looked at 67 people who had patellofemoral pain. All the patients were younger than 40, and they all had...
Alternative Names Total knee replacement; Knee arthroplasty; Knee replacement - total; Tricompartmental knee replacement; Subastus knee replacement; Knee replacement - minimally invasive; Knee arthroplasty - minimally invasive References Crockarell JR, Guyton JL. Arthroplasty of the knee. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbell 's Operative Orthopaedics . 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 6. Jones CA, Beaupre LA, Johnston DW, Suarez-Almazor ME. Total joint arthroplasties: current concepts of patient outcomes after surgery. Rheum Dis Clin North Am . 2007; 33(1): 71-86. Leopold SS. Minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis. N Engl J Med . 2009;360:1749-1758.
As the Baby Boomers are creeping over-60 age group, the number of people affected by knee osteoarthritis is exploding. Everyone has two knees, which automatically doubles the numbers of arthritic knees proportionate to the number of people. Some feel pain and stiffness after sitting for long periods of time, others feel pain while moving. Knee pain is literally bringing the world to its knees.
Most people want to avoid surgery as long as possible because, quite frankly, amputating a knee joint is a big deal that takes months of recovery. In the effort to keep moving and stay comfortable, medicines like NSAIDs or opioids offer relief but the side effects are not worth the pain relief sometimes. Supplements like fish oil are not all that they are claimed to be. And nobody wants to use walking sticks or canes . So what is a Baby Boomer to do if he/she wants to avoid surgery?
Try acupuncture . People around the world rely on acupuncture to help relieve pain from head to toe. A...
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