The hips and knees are among the largest joints in your body and often develop painful conditions like arthritis as well as suffering acute injuries. If you have hip or knee pain, sports medicine physician Irwin Abraham, MD, can help. At his practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Dr. Abraham uses cutting-edge treatments like prolotherapy, fascial deep tissue massage distortion, and direct neural treatment to relieve hip and knee pain. Call the New York City office today for details or book an appointment online.
What causes hip and knee pain?
Hip and knee pain are common problems, not least because these large joints have to support so much of your body weight. Hips and knees come under a lot of stress that can lead to acute ligament and tendon damage, as well as gradual joint deterioration.
Common hip and knee conditions include:
Bursae are protective sacs of fluid in your joints. If they get irritated and inflamed, it can cause foot and heel pain. Trochanteric bursitis on the outside of the hip is a common problem.
Arthritis and bone spurs
Osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear disease and the type of arthritis most likely to affect your hips and knees, although rheumatoid arthritis also accounts for a significant proportion of hip and knee pain.
Bone spurs are little outgrowths of bone that can develop when you have a condition like arthritis.
Labral and meniscal tears
The labrum is a ring of cartilage in your hip, and the meniscus is cartilage in your knee. Sports injuries often cause labral and meniscal tears, but repetitive strain can also damage cartilage.
Tendon and ligament injuries
These are also common when playing sports, especially in the knees. Medial collateral ligament (MCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) strains, patellar tendinitis (runner's knee), and iliotibial (IT) band injury are just some examples.
Injuries at the knee caps are commonly related to jumping sports. Very often, stiffness in the big toes is the cause and the site for initial treatment of patellofemoral syndrome.
Dr. Abraham can assess which treatments are likely to benefit you most after examining you and reviewing diagnostic images such as X-rays and CT scans. But initial treatments for hip and knee pain typically involve conservative approaches.
He can refer you to leading local physical therapy specialists for targeted stretching and strengthening exercises, and he provides in-office manual manipulation, fascial deep tissue massage distortion, and direct neural treatments.
Dr. Abraham also specializes in the use of prolotherapy for the treatment of hip and knee pain.
How does prolotherapy reduce hip and knee pain?
Prolotherapy treatments take advantage of your body's ability to heal itself by stimulating the growth of healthy new cells. The new cells replace old, damaged tissues, eliminating the cause of your hip or knee pain.
Each injection of prolotherapy contains natural sugars such as glucose or dextrose. When the sugars reach the damaged tissues in your hip or knee, your body responds by sending out cells with healing properties like growth factors, which multiply rapidly.
Dr. Abraham also uses a prolotherapy technique called perineural subcutaneous injection (PSI), which works in a different way to tackle pain. PSI uses the same solution, but the glucose acts on nerves just under your skin and prevents them from sending out pain messages.
To find out more about innovative treatments like prolotherapy for hip and knee pain, call Irwin Abraham MD today or book an appointment online.