There are numerous causes for chronic or degenerative knee pain be it an injury, arthritis, or old age. Patients may believe that surgery is their only option when it comes to finding long-term relief. While many patients find surgery beneficial, there are things that should be taken under advisement when deciding whether to undergo a surgical procedure. One important consideration is the recovery time involved with surgery as it will vary for each patient and could impact daily life and work activities. While infrequent in nature, infections can also occur with any surgical procedure which could lead to further necessary treatment and recovery. Additionally, surgery may not be able to fully alleviate an issue and patients can still experience underlying pain. Lastly, as healthcare premiums continue to increase, cost must be considered as surgery can be expensive.
Given all that must be considered with surgery, patients are often left looking for other non-surgical options to treat their knee pain. One option is working with a chiropractic acupuncturist. These practitioners use safe, natural treatments to alleviate pain and focus on therapies and lifestyle changes that will allow the patient to return to normal life without having to endure surgery. A chiropractor can help alleviate pain by manipulating, pressing on, or realigning surrounding painful joints whereas an acupuncturist inserts tiny needles into the skin around various pressure points or nerve centers. Some patients may find the reduced physical stress associated with acupuncture to be a good alternative to chiropractic treatments. Patients should note that for both acupuncture and chiropractic therapy, several treatment sessions may be needed before results are seen.
With the myriad reasons for knee pain, patients need a practitioner that is committed to understanding the full body system in order to identify the underlying cause of their pain and recommend treatment. Because our body systems are interconnected in nature, a chiropractic acupuncturist will use a complete physical evaluation and comprehensive laboratory testing to get a full picture of the patient’s overall health. With this whole-body focus, the practitioner can determine the underlying causes of pain rather than solely focusing on treating symptoms.
Beyond simply treating conditions, a chiropractic acupuncturist will also work to educate their patients on their health condition so that the patient is best equipped to make informed decisions regarding their health goals. Any lifestyle changes that could be beneficial to the patient, will also be communicated by the practitioner. These practitioners are a great option for patients seeking natural remedies to treat their pain rather than relying on the expensive medications and surgeries associated with traditional medicine.
For any patient that has been told they need surgery, injections, or medications to alleviate their knee pain, getting a second opinion from a chiropractic acupuncturist could be beneficial. While surgery may ultimately be the best course of treatment, the chiropractic acupuncturist will help you evaluate your health needs and provide the treatment and education needed to get you back to a pain free life.