One of the most common conditions that we treat at AROmotion in bone on bone knee pain. When patients are first diagnosed with this condition, many feel overwhelmed or unsure of the best path forward to manage the pain and prevent further joint damage. And, while many are told that total joint replacement surgery is their only option for relief, there are alternatives that are important to explore before making the commitment to invasive surgery. In this article, we talk with AROmotion’s founder Dr. Robert Dean to learn all about bone on bone knee pain, what to expect from total joint replacement surgery, and what options patients have to return to pain-free motion without surgery.
We hear the term “bone on bone” a lot when it comes to knee pain, but what exactly does this diagnosis mean?
This term is used to describe severe osteoarthritis in the joint, which is caused by a reduction in cartilage that results in inflammation. Most people are familiar with the term cartilage, but it’s important to understand what it is and what it does. Cartilage is a smooth, flexible, and resilient tissue that protects the ends of your bones at the joints – including your knees. Think of it as protective padding to help keep your knees moving properly! Osteoarthritis happens when this cartilage starts to wear down over time, eventually removing the padding between bones causing them to rub on one another. If not treated and managed properly, this can become very painful and drastically limit movement – which of course can impact the quality of your day-to-day life.
What can patients who receive a bone on bone knee diagnosis do to help manage the pain?
I always recommend that patients with this diagnosis work with their doctors to develop the best treatment plan so the condition does not continue to worsen. Remember, you don’t always feel the progression of osteoarthritis! That said, there are things that patients can do to help manage the pain such as managing their weight, as carrying extra weight can cause strain on your knee joints, following a steady low-impact exercise routine to strengthen and condition the impacted joint, and using over the counter medications and supplements to help reduce pain and inflammation.
What should patients do if they are told that total joint replacement surgery is their best or only option?
Patients should always get a second opinion before committing to any type of invasive surgery. There are risks and complications involved that, if possible, should be avoided if alternate treatments are available. Remember, total joint replacement surgery involves undergoing anesthesia, hospital stays, long recover times, and the risks associated with surgical implants. And total joint replacement surgery is not always a long-term solution. For patients that decide to proceed with total joint replacement surgery, it’s very important to know what questions to ask your surgeon, which I wrote about in a recent blog post.
Where can patients go for a second opinion?
While you can always seek out other reputable orthopedic specialists, patients should also look into non-surgical options to see if these will work. At AROmotion, we have treated many patients with a bone on bone knee pain diagnosis, and the first step we always take is to go through an in-depth free consultation to determine if the patient is a good candidate for our procedure. We have a very high success rate because of our careful screening process through these consultations, and if I feel that a patient would be better treated through surgery versus our procedure, I will let them know and give them that assurance they need.
For many patients, a bone on bone knee pain diagnosis feels pretty scary. What’s your advice for these patients?
I always tell my patients that aging is a gift, and we must approach it with gratitude but also with the understanding that we’ll have to make some lifestyle changes to stay healthy. This includes managing joint pain that comes with aging. Simple things like what we eat, getting daily movement that’s low-impact, and prioritizing self-care can go a long way to keeping us healthy and pain-free as we age. At the same time, if the pain is getting in the way of your day-to-day life, you should always be open and honest with your doctors so you can treat the pain before it worsens. Remember, attitude goes a long way when it comes to our health and wellness!
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bone on bone knee pain, AROmotion may be able to help you avoid invasive surgery. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for our non-surgical treatment that has helped more than 1,800 patients stop their joint pain fast.
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