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
Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen
What Are The Benefits Of Viscosupplementation?
Reduces inflammation and stiffness
Makes walking, sitting, and normal activities easier
Cushions the joint
Promotes natural production of hyaluronic acid in joints
Results are long-lasting
Can reduce reliance on pain relievers or other medications
"Dr Crider and the team at AVL Regenerative Orthopedics are experienced and knowledgeable professionals. He took the time to understand my condition and provided an abundance of scenarios and likely outcomes. His approach was direct and well thought out and I knew what to expect and when to expect it- before, during and after my procedure. I felt safe and comfortable at all times and I would recommend this procedure to anyone who is eligible. Finally, after 3 years of pain, I feel like I'm on the road to recovery. My only regret is not hearing about this procedure sooner."- E.T. / Google / Aug 10, 2022
"Dr. Lehman and her staff were amazing!!! Day 2 and both knees feeling better!! Gave me confidence for the longevity of my pickleball career!!"- M.S. / Google / Jul 01, 2022
"For 30 years I have had knee pain related to an old football injury. I am in highway and heavy construction so im always on my feet working, walking slopes and ditch line. Obviously over the years I’ve worn my joints out . Dr Lehman provided me with the stem cell treatment and my life is changed forever ! Very caring , professional and informative Dr. She took care of me and I feel I’ve gotten the best medical treatment short of full replacement and that’s something I really don’t want . I’m 52 and active again . Thank you Dr. Lehman and your team for giving me a pain free life ! "- D.C. / Healthgrades / May 10, 2022
"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
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.
What are some early signs of knee arthritis?
- A slow, gradual increase in knee pain
- Cracking and/or popping sounds
- Loss in range of motion
- Tenderness and/or swelling
- Loss of joint space (compression)
- Change in knee shape (deformities)
Is viscosupplementation safe?
Yes, it is. Viscosupplementation, or hyaluronic acid injections, is approved by the FDA to replace unhealthy knee joint fluid to increase lubrication and cushioning.
Does viscosupplementation hurt?
Most patients don't experience pain or discomfort during the procedure. Some patients may experience minor tenderness, skin irritation, swelling, or discomfort afterward, but these typically go away quickly.
How long do the benefits of viscosupplementation last?
Every patient’s results are unique, but most can expect their results to last up to six months when a maintenance treatment is often recommended.
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