Good news for bad knees? How about a cartilage replacement?
Joint replacements, partial knee replacements, cervical disc replacements; how about a replacement of your knee cartilage if it goes bad.
If your knees are going bad or have gone bad and you are almost bone on bone, a knee replacement may have been your only options. Now, a new technology promises to give you another option that will replace the cartilage, the cushions that maintain knee integrity.
While you may be getting excited, currently, the technology is awaiting regulatory approval. Its great to know look forward to a newer technology, but you need to ask yourself why your knees are going bad in the first place. The answer of course if to look at your body mechanics and body style.
Even if this technology is approved, and you decide to do this surgery, you must take certain steps to help yourself avoid more knee damage. This should include foot orthotics, a thorough bio-mechanical evaluation by a chiropractor and some core retraining and rebuilding which can help prevent future damage.
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Artificial Cartilage Could Protect Runners From Arthritis, Knee Replacements
Every 45 seconds, a patient in the United States undergoes knee replacement surgery – and it’s only getting worse. By 2030, that number is expected to jump nearly 400 percent, to almost half a million patients a year.
Many patients who visit our clinics for treatment are avid runners and exercisers, who, over the years, begin to experience knee pain. What we find is that these runners are commonly injuring their meniscus – the cartilage pad between their thigh and shin bones. Because of the seriousness of this injury, their activity levels can take a huge hit. Not only does the meniscus not repair itself, but over time, it gets worse.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many options for these patients. Once the meniscus is damaged, pain sets in and can ultimately lead to arthritis and knee replacement surgery. In fact, I recently saw a patient who underwent three surgeries to shave off the damaged part of the meniscus, but even afterward, he still experienced pain and still could not run.