Osteoarthritis of the knee is an extremely common and growing health concern for our aging population. This condition is progressive in nature, and can lead to significant disability. The doctors at Ostir Physical Medicine specialize in the evaluation and treatment of this condition. Listed below are non-surgical treatment services provided by Ostir Physical Medicine that have demonstrated outstanding result to date for the treatment and management of this condition.
- Joint Fluid Therapy: Viscosupplementation injections is a leading alternative medical approach for degenerative joint disease. For patients who do not experience enough pain relief with traditional medication or physical therapy, viscosupplementation injections may be recommended. Sodium Hyaluronate is injected directly into the patient’s knee, relieving pain by lubricating and cushioning the arthritic knee joint. Guided ultrasound is also utilized during each procedure to ensure accuracy and proper tissue depth of the injection. A series of five injections may be prescribed depending on the severity of each case.
- Orthopedic Bracing: In many cases, asymmetrical degenerative wear patterns occur at the articular cartilage. As the disease state progresses, the patient may present with a valgus or varus deformity. As a result, biomechanical dysfunction becomes a cause of the patient’s knee pain. Improved function and stability during weight bearing activities can be achieved utilizing proper orthopedic bracing.
- BioniCare Knee Therapy: BioniCare knee therapy is an adjunctive alternative therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee. BioniCare is the most thoroughly researched non-drug, non-invasive osteoarthritis treatment and is utilized by over 2,500 physicians and 36 medical institutions nationwide. The BioniCare system uses an electrical signal, delivered through an external brace, to stimulate the joint tissue. Reducing pain and inflammation of arthritis, as well as stimulating cartilage cell repair are the primary functions of the device. In conjunction with additional therapies or rehabilitation, the BioniCare knee system has proven to be extremely beneficial in managing knee pain due to advanced osteoarthritis.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are derived from amniotic membrane that can be injected to treat many different conditions including arthritis and tendonitis. Amniotic tissue has been used in medicine for over 100 years and is prepared with minimal additive and preservatives. It is derived from human cells with no toxic substances or side effects and no threat of patient rejection. Local anesthetic is mixed with the amniotic stem cells and injected through a small needle ensuring minimal to no discomfort. Stem cells contain hyaluronic acids which lubricate cartilage and promotes new cartilage growth. With the use of stems, the body is able to regenerate, reproduce, and repair a soft tissue injury naturally.
Anyone suffering from arthritis, tendonitis or has had previous surgeries can benefit from amniotic tissue treatment. Currently, patients are using amniotic tissue for ligament tears, fractures, partial ACL tears, partial rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, “Tommy John” injuries, knee/hip/shoulder arthritis, wrist/forearm tendonitis, disc disease/tears/bulges and plantar fasciitis.For more information or to set up an appointment, call Ostir Physical Medicine, (815) 729-2022