As weight-bearing joints, your knees take a beating throughout your life. As you age, you can be subject to a variety of sources of knee pain. In fact, knee pain has become even more common in the last two decades.
IN ITS EARLY STAGES, ARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE IS TREATED WITH NONSURGICAL METHODS. YOUR DOCTOR MAY RECOMMEND A RANGE OF TREATMENTS, INCLUDING:
- Changes in activity level
- Weight loss
- Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
"I came to Dr. Lehman after enduring years of pain in my hips, especially my right hip. Previous corticosteroid injections, which would help for a few months, had ceased to be effective. Driving, standing, walking - everything had become very painful. Dr. Lehman’s exam revealed several sizable tears in the tendons of both hips. I received the regenerative platelet injections in each hip, directly into the tendon tears, to produce new cell growth to fill in the painful gaps/tears. At that time, my regular pain on a scale of 1 to 10 was: 4 or 5 in my left hip; 8 to 10 in my right hip. Today, after my 12 week checkup, I can honestly say that my left hip pain is usually nonexistent or, at most, a 1, and my right hip pain is no higher than a 2, maybe 3 after driving a long distance. That is like a 75 to 80% improvement for me, and we expect it to continue to improve. I am so grateful to Dr. Lehman and her team for helping me get past the pain and all the associated stress!"- D.K. / Google / Jul 21, 2021
"Three months ago, Dr. Lehman did a stem cell treatment on my knee for a torn meniscus and arthritis. She and her staff provided a thorough explanation of what was involved in the procedure and what to expect in the days after. I am now 80% pain free and able to walk several miles and up and downstairs without discomfort. I highly recommend this practice."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Oct 14, 2021
"I came to Dr. Lehman after being told by several orthopedic surgeons that I needed a total knee replacement for advanced osteoarthritis. She treated me with stem cell & plasma rich platelet injections harvested from my own body. My knee was significantly improved afterwards and I can walk without my old limp!"- N.M. / Google / Oct 03, 2021
"I am extremely satisfied with my experiences with Dr. Lehman. I've had two procedures done and everything was handled professionally. She is an excellent communicator, and answered any questions I've had. Her bedside manner during the procedures is excellent as well. I've given her name to more than one friend, and highly recommend her to anyone who has joint/muscle issues that may benefit from her expertise."- L.M. / Google / Aug 03, 2021
"Dr. Lehman was excellent. I couldn't raise my arm above my head to wash my own hair. Now I'm swimming and living my life. It was wonderful"- T.C. / Healthgrades / Jul 01, 2021
Who is a candidate for VISCOSUPPLEMENTATION?
When it comes to lifestyle changes, losing weight if you are overweight or obese is never a bad option. A loss of even 10 pounds is enough to relieve some of the pressure on your knees, as well as cut your risk of osteoarthritis later in life.
Another change you can make: If you lead an active lifestyle but experience knee pain, consider switching your activity. Exercises like running are known as high-impact activities because you’re sending jolts up through your knees every time your foot hits the pavement, track, or treadmill. Switching to a low-impact activity without those jolts, such as cycling or swimming, can cut down on the pain.
How does viscosupplementation work?
Viscosupplementation or Hyaluronic acid, is an FDA-approved injection that replaces unhealthy joint fluid and provides lubrication and cushioning in knees with arthritis. Using the latest in ultrasound image-guided technology, Dr. Lehman administers the injection of hyaluronic acid with pinpoint precision. The precision and accuracy of the image-guided injection ensure the gel-like fluid is injected directly into the joint capsule for optimal results.
Advantages of hyaluronic acid injections include:
- Nonsurgical knee pain treatment
- Covered by Medicare and most insurance
- Combined treatment plan enhances the effects
- Exhaust all of your options
If your knees are in need of care, if you’re tired of living with knee pain and if you want to improve your quality of life, request an appointment with ARO.
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