Nearly one-third of all Americans report experiencing knee pain at some point in their life, and it is the second most common cause of chronic pain. Women (due to their wider pelvis) experience knee pain more than men. Oftentimes doctors recommend pain medication, steroid injections, or even knee replacement surgery before natural options have been explored. There may be no need for medication or surgery to achieve knee pain relief! Our St. Petersburg office provides many natural treatment choices that may provide relief and healing for knee pain and injuries.
We provide natural alternatives to knee surgery!
First, the cause of your knee pain must be determined. The knee joint is comprised of bone, cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fluid. Issues with any of these components can lead to pain, so a proper diagnosis is critical to treatment.
If you’ve previously had surgery on your knee, we may still be able to help! Surgery results in scarring and adhesions, which can create additional pain.
Do you suffer from:
- Knee pain when going up or down the stairs?
- Knee pain when walking?
- Knee pain when resting?
- Pain or swelling behind the knee?
- Popping or grinding sounds from your knees?
- An inability to kneel or squat due to knee pain?
- Have you been diagnosed with a torn meniscus, a torn ligament, or osteoarthritis in the knee?
- Have you tried medications or injections for your knee pain?
- Have you been told you need a knee surgery or a knee replacement?
- Have you already had knee surgery?
At Thrive Wellness Center, we know natural and non-invasive options often provide the best results. Additionally, a multi-faceted approach that supports the healing processes in the body can be ideal.
In our St. Petersburg office, we always start with a thorough medical history so our medical team can understand your specific knee issue. Depending on the individual problems, we’ll design a customized multi-pronged treatment that may include stretches, exercises, bracing, IV nutrition, chiropractic care, deep tissue laser treatments, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and/or Regenerative Cellular Therapy (mesenchymal stem cells, for example).
Knee Treatment Options:
Sometimes knee pain is the result of a misalignment in the joints of the lower extremity (foot, ankle, knee, or hip) or the spine. A gentle re-alignment of these joints can reduce asymmetrical wear-and-tear, provide relief to pain, and decrease the likelihood of further damage.
Deep Tissue Laser Therapy: Similar to a plants ability to change sunlight into energy the plant can use (through photosynthesis), our cells can use certain wavelengths of light to promote cellular healing. When the light reaches the mitochondria in our cells, they respond by producing ATP (the cellular form of energy). The cell can then use that extra energy to heal, repair, reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and more. Often laser therapy is used in combination with other treatments to boost local cellular energy, reduce inflammation, and stimulate healing so the other therapies don’t have to do these “housekeeping” tasks.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): Whenever the body is injured, the damaged tissues send chemical signals to other cells for help. Platelets in our blood quickly respond to repair and heal injuries. To harness this incredible healing power is actually quite simple. First, we remove a vial or two of blood from your vein. Then we place the vials in a centrifuge to be spun down. This process separates the platelet-rich plasma from the platelet-poor plasma. This concentrated liquid, which includes growth factors, cytokines, enzymes, and more is then injected into the knee so your body can get to work!
Regenerative Cellular Therapy: Regenerative therapies focus on healing and repairing damaged cells and tissues as opposed to masking symptoms. These treatments (stem cells, exosomes, etc.) can restore damaged structures without dangerous surgeries or medications.
We believe the optimal source of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) comes from the Wharton’s Jelly of umbilical cords. These cords are donated, carefully harvested, and tested at the time a rigorously screened woman has a scheduled C-section delivery. While we all have stem cells in our own bodies, the number and functionality decrease dramatically with age. Therefore, it makes sense to use MSCs from Wharton’s Jelly to tap into their ability to communicate quickly, replicate robustly, and produce hundreds of bio-active healing substances. The MSCs can be combined with PRP for maximal results. Both PRP and Regenerative Cellular therapies are non-surgical, so you have little-to-no downtime!
Exosomes – the packages of bio-active substances that are secreted by cells, including MSCs – promote and increase cellular communication. When cells can communicate better, they can perform their jobs better, one of which is healing. By combining exosomes with MSCs and PRP we can achieve immediate and long-term results!
IV Nutrition and Counseling: Virtually all injuries cause inflammation in the body. Additionally, the foods we eat (or don’t eat), and the supplements we take (or don’t take) can have a dramatic impact on our inflammation levels. And inflammation causes pain. We can provide information and advice on anti-inflammatory foods and supplements, and we can jump start your progress with a nutritional IV packed with powerful inflammation-fighting ingredients!