Knee pain is the one of most common issue we see treat. The knee joint is a synovial hinge joint and is prone to injury among athletes and active individuals
There is an epidemic of knee osteoarthritis in New Zealand and total knee replacement surgery is at an all-time high, causing the health care system a huge financial burden. Total knee replacement surgery does carry significant surgical and anaesthetics risks and the medical literature suggests that the patient outcomes after surgery are not as good as what is perceived in the community.
So far, most of the treatments available for a knee pain are either wait-and-see or surgery. Often, surgeons tell patients come back to see me when your knee is bad to have a knee replacement, which is very reasonable, as not every knee needs a replacement until the symptoms are severe enough. Other ways of management include physical therapy, weight loss, diet modification and medications. However, these modalities have their limit until the progression of the disease gets worse. Medications is on the other hand, that includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication have the possibility to cause serious side effects. We tend to combine rehabilitation and physical therapy with regenerative musculoskeletal medicine therapies to get the best of the two worlds.