So What are my Alternatives To knee REplacement Surgery?
Let's face it alternatives to knee replacement surgery are limited. So what other options should one consider when faced with chronic knee pain? Here is a short video on the whole concept of what is causing the epidemic of chronic knee pain. If you have pain in only one knee because of a previous injury, you might think that this doesn't apply but there is evidence that lowering inflammation in animal models slows the progression of osteoarthritis post injury.
The Standard American Diet is highly inflammatory and a comprehensive program is key.
alternatives to knee replacement surgery explained
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Hi, my name is Michelle Stiles. I'm a physical therapist in your knee rescue expert. Today I'm going to kind of jump into your living room and get into your mind a little bit. And if I could do that, I would probably say you're going, you're in your head and you're saying, I cannot take pain pills anymore. Okay.
I just can't do it and I can't. I've got to stop limiting the activities I love like hiking, gardening, playing with grandkids, an active retirement, whatever those things are.
So your, thinking, what are my alternatives to knee replacement surgery? Maybe you're still in the workforce, you're under 65 and you're thinking, I gotta do something besides surgery. So what do you have?
The Three most common alternatives to TKR
Basically you have three things.
You have physical therapy and exercise for weight loss.
Two, you have some kind of supplements and three expensive biological treatments.
Now again, if I could go kind of into your brain, I would say that your response to those would, might be something like this. If I say try physical therapy. You'd say, "Michelle, I've tried those. They make my knees hurt more." Fair enough. Supplements. I've tried those, right? I've tried. You know, my cousin recommended this. I took that glucosamine, et Cetera, et cetera. Right? They didn't make that much of a difference. Maybe a little bit for a while, but then, hey, I didn't even know if I was throwing money away.
Third, and maybe you haven't tried these, but you're thinking about it. You’re waiting, maybe expensive biological treatments versus the knee replacement surgery. They're 3 to 5k a knee. Can you really afford that? Maybe that's where you are. If that's where you are, I have a message.
Is your problem really your KNee?
Here's the issue. Your problem is not your knee, okay? Your problem is whole body inflammation. Your problem is aging too fast. Your knees are wearing out. When they look at your knees on an x -ray, they look like the age of a 70 year old and your, let's say only 50 or you're 55 or you're 60 but you still haven't, you not even to retirement yet.
You still should be living an active lifestyle. And what we need to do is we need to lower whole body inflammation. How do we do that? That's the million dollar question. How do we lower whole body inflammation? Well, there isn't one answer to that.
The answer is not, “Here's one thing you can do,” but the answer is a comprehensive program. And that is the key, my friends. Okay? So imagine this, the last 20 years you've spent, eating the Standard American Diet, raising your kids, not getting much sleep, being high stressed because you maybe worked a full time job and you've got a family, right?
Could Decades eating the Standard american diet be hurting my knees?
So you’ve spent the last few decades stressed eating the standard American Diet. If you dug yourself a hole, you feel kinda lousy, right? So here you are in a big hole. Now, the biggest contributor to that hole is you can't keep doing what you're doing because you’re, still digging deeper, you're actively going lower and taking scoops of dirt out by living the way you're living.
So you got to stop and change. You've got to change your diet.
Number one for you, stop consuming the Standard American Diet that puts you at a level now and not going deeper, all right?
Will a comprehensive diet and lifestyle change really help my chronic knee pain?
And then you can, you can add things to that, right? Step by step. So then you can maybe change your lifestyle a little bit. Add that in. Maybe you can add some supplements in, right? And you can see how now we're actually building and getting out of that hole layer by layer, 5% here, 10% here, another 10% over here with adding this, by diet and exercise, physical therapy to strengthen your knee and slowly you're going to be getting back and not all of a sudden, right?
This takes time. All right? But it's worth it because the alternative is the surgery or the expensive biologics. Why wouldn't you try diet and exercise first?
The only reason you wouldn't is because it's not easy, right? But don't let that be you, opting out because it’s hard. Because once you start doing some things and you start seeing some progress, you really get encouraged. You say, “Oh, this is going to work. I am going to get my mobility back.” Okay? So those are the alternatives.
A comprehensive program is what is going to lower the inflammation. Stop thinking that your knee is the problem. It's your diet and your lifestyle, right? And your whole body, and that can be addressed through a comprehensive program. All right, so that's it for today. We'll see you in the next video.