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Experiencing knee pain? Here's a non-surgical alternative treatment method

Posted June 1, 2020 3:42 p.m. EDT
Updated June 2, 2020 1:32 p.m. EDT

Sudden injury, wear and tear, extended periods of immobility -- whatever the reason may be, the cartilage surrounding the joints of the knee is not impervious to damage. For some, the pain of an injured knee joint may affect everyday life, limiting mobility and complicating day-to-day routines.(motortion/Big Stock Photo)

This article was written for our sponsor, Flexogenix.

Sudden injury, wear and tear, extended periods of immobility — whatever the reason may be, the cartilage surrounding the joints of the knee is not impervious to damage. For some, the pain of an injured knee joint may affect everyday life, limiting mobility and complicating day-to-day routines.

In some cases, surgery may be necessary, but with the cost of a knee replacement in the United States averaging $57,000 and a recovery time ranging from four months to a full year, that price tag may be too high. Plus, aside from cost and recovery, there are additional studies that suggest up to one in three knee surgeries were unnecessary or inappropriate, and those who had them done only suffered from relatively minor symptoms.

For those struggling with knee pain but are either not good candidates for or are hesitant to dive into surgery, there are non-surgical options that can still provide similar, long-term relief and increased mobility.

Jeromie Pittman, 73, and his wife Cornelia, 78, had been suffering from varying degrees of joint pain for years. The two work in the greenhouse industry and Pittman often uses his feet to slide things like plants, pots and bags of soil around instead of lifting them. In doing so, he wore down his knee joints and — coupled with his arthritis and growing age — found he was in a significant amount of pain that limited his mobility.

After consulting with his doctor and being told he wasn't a good candidate for surgery, Pittman and his wife began searching for alternative treatments. Upon seeing an ad for Flexogenix in the local paper and learning of non-surgical joint pain treatments, the two decided to see if it would work for them.

"When we first started, the doctor had to fly in from California and give us our injections every week — and not just ours but everyone's. He had a whole day or two, then he'd fly back to a practice he still had out in California," Jermoie said. "They have X-ray to guide the needle here. My wife had cortisone put in her knee by our other doctor once, and she said he hit the bone and told her, 'I don't do this too often.' At Flexogenix, they see where the needle's going, and I've never had any pain."

Pittman and his wife have been using the modified viscosupplementation treatment offered by Flexogenix for the past seven years, receiving injections filled with hyaluronic acid to improve their conditions. The treatment works by adding lubrication to the affected joints, increasing cushioning and renourishing cartilage.

In addition to the injections, the physicians at Flexogenix also provide proprietary treatments such as knee alignment through bracing and guided injections of platelet-rich plasma.

For those in an age group similar to the Pittmans, knee pain is a common ailment. In fact, in the United States, around one in four women and one in five men over the age of 60 suffer from knee pain, with symptoms including inflammation, rigidity and reduced mobility.

Similar to Pittman's case, joint damage can be caused by stress on joints, as well as trauma or sudden impact and lack of exercise. Without timely treatment, it could lead to serious long-term issues. For those suffering from knee pain, you should consider seeing a specialist if:

  • Swelling doesn't go down within one to three days of rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE), or you have a sports-related injury that isn't healing.
  • You cannot fully straighten your knee, support weight on it or have difficulty getting up the stairs.
  • There is a pronounced abnormality on your knee or you can feel something inside of it move.
  • Skin surrounding the knee is red and hot.
  • You have a fever along with your knee pain.
  • There are snapping, crackling or popping noises that accompany your pain or swelling.

While the treatment Flexogenix provides takes time, Pittman has experienced the benefits and relief from these symptoms first-hand.

"It's not going to work overnight, so you have to keep it up, and you get a little better each day. Sometimes it's two to three weeks before you really see a good amount of results, but it's because you put in the injection, and it takes time to work with your body and rebuild some of that cartilage," Jeromie said. "You have to be consistent, because we can tell when those three months are about to end, but there are such good results. We see a lot of the same people over the years that come back — just like we do every three months."

Patient results vary, as does the frequency of their needed visits. While the Pittmans go to the clinic every three months, other patients experience relief for up to six months or longer depending on the condition of the joints, as well as factoring in what their insurance will cover.

For the Pittmans, the Flexogenix Knee-Flex 5-Step Protocol has proven effective in helping them manage pain and continue to stay active and mobile in their greenhouse.

This five-step method includes an assessment of contributing factors and a conditioning prescription for dealing with them — dubbed Kineti-Flex. Finally, the last steps of the method includes knee alignment through bracing and promoting continued healing through Platelet Rich Plasma.

The program boasts a success rate of over 90 percent and has helped more than 40,000 patients avoid knee surgery.

This article was written for our sponsor, Flexogenix.

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