Make no mistake, exercise is a great way to mitigate the effects of knee pain. In fact, treatment for knee pain in Paramus, NJ and elsewhere may include various types of exercises. Studies have already established the fact that hip abductor workouts, among others, can treat runner’s knee and reduce its likelihood of recurring. Unfortunately, runner’s knee is more complex than anyone might think.
Medically known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, runner’s knee is one of the most common knee injuries among athletes. Statistics show that an injury is most likely to occur every 100 cumulative hours of running, with a risk rate of 65 percent. Those new to running and athletics are obviously more prone than veterans.
Today’s approach in treating runner’s knee is based on the notion that it’s biomechanical in nature; that is, the causes include conditions like rough joints and unaligned bones. However, a Swedish study in 2006 has proven that this isn’t always this case, finding a group diagnosed with runner’s knee and another group with “slow bone turnover” both exhibiting no known knee abnormalities.
Slow bone turnover refers to bone degeneration, or osteoporosis, a condition brought about by the loss of bone mass, and not bone mobility. As such, it cannot be considered biomechanical in nature. In treating osteoporosis, science writer Paul Ingraham tells the Guardian Liberty Voice:
“Exercise can help, but probably not because it’s ‘correcting’ anything,”
In treating osteoporosis, therefore, exercise alone is not sufficient. In most cases, it does play an important part of a broader treatment plan, which could include non-corrective ways to address knee pains.
One of these advanced treatments is knee pain injections from Hackensack, NJ care centers like MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis, & Neuropathy Center. These injections can significantly reduce pain, without the known side effects of cortisone.
Usually given once a week for three weeks, knee injections like Synvisc® and Hyalgan® contain a dose of sodium hyaluronate. As the joint’s natural lubricant diminishes with aging and other factors, the knee injection serves to replenish it, thus mitigating conditions such as arthritis.
The treatment could produce pain, but painkillers like ibuprofen can be taken safely. It is the kind of relief and treatment that offers reassurance and comfort to sufferers of arthritis and similar conditions.
(Source: Corrective Exercise May Not Always Effectively Treat Knee Pain, Guardian Liberty Voice, July 31, 2014)