Knee or Hip Pain Treatment - Christchurch
Knee and hip pain have been put onto the same page because with our holistic natural therapy clinic it's not useful to separate these two parts of the body in respects to pain.
Our movers and supporters - Knees and Hips
More than any other pain that we deal with at our pain clinic in Christchurch knee and hip pain make a real difference to the way we stand, the way we sit, the way we move and our general posture.
Pain in the knee or hip may often cause a disability, sometimes an obvious disability that others can see and can sympathise.
Today knee and hip replacements surgery is becoming common throughout the world see figures below, as with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) knee and hip replacements are best reserved for when all other avenues of pain relief can been exhausted.
Initial kinesiology treatment at our clinic is a thorough assessment;
Four view photographs and a video of your movements establishes for both you and your practitioner your range of movement and shows the extent of unbalanced muscles.
Full history of the development of your pain, over months or over years
Emotional and social effects of your pain
What you'd like to achieve from treatment at our clinic
Plan how you'd like to feel and be moving within two months, although changes can occur from the first kinesiology treatment.
Photos of before and after treatment of chronic back pain
Importance of Muscle Balance for Chronic Pain
There are many muscles that influence on the function and movement of your hips.
Imbalances in these muscles can lead to wear and tear of both the hip joint and the knees.
The reason why we have such success of stopping pain is because kinesiology is vastly different to most other therapies. Using a range of methods we encourage the weak muscle to be energised to put the body back into equilibrium.
Hence when people get off the treatment table and walk around reception they 'feel' the difference, a new balance to their body. In this way the body re-aligns itself, often feeling no pain.
Chronic Pain is Complicated
Your pain may be in your hip, your knee or knees, your pain can also be in other place in your body. This is the reason for any pain professional that you speak with to ask many questions that don't seem to be about your knee or just the part of your body that is hurting.
Although we are familiar with pain - such as hitting our finger with a hammer or bruising or breaking our arm - the pain that we recognise so well is mostly what doctors call acute pain. In time this pain will heal itself.
Below are examples of Acute Pain and will heal
the red, swollen painful finger that you hit with a hammer will heal on it's own in a few days. We may use some self-care to give relief during this time.
the bruised arm will gradually change colour as it heals over the days and weeks. Then it will no longer be painful.
the broken arm will take longer, needing a cast to hold the bone in place as your innate healing system of your body produces chemicals that cause healing to take place.
Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain is Different
You may have injured your knee or fell onto your hip BUT if it hasn't healed within 3 months your pain is then classified as chronic pain. Strangely enough it feels the same, sore or sometimes very sore, but what we now know is that the body has heal itself, physically. There is no longer any tissues damaged, but for many reasons you can still be in pain.
Pain Remains in the Brain
Although the healing process has - generally speaking - taken place and there is now nothing physically wrong. But your brain keeps sending you pain messages that originate from various areas of your brain. This is where neurology or the nervous system takes over and why treatment of chronic pain becomes more complicated than taking a pill or having an operation.
You may find this article of interest 'Why am I in Chronic Pain'
Some things to consider about knee or hip replacements
"The latest figures from the New Zealand Joint Registry showed there were 8373 initial hip replacement procedures and 1168 revision hip replacements in 2015. According to the registry, the number of initial hip replacements was increasing each year - there were 1411 more in 2015 than 2007" June 9 2017
Complications: this is major surgery.
Although complications are possible with any surgery, your surgeon will take steps to minimize the risks.
The most common complications of surgery include:
Limb length inequality
Damage to blood vessels or arteries
Ref: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Information on knee replacements in New Zealand, show an increase in the number of operations, but not enough to keep up with population growth, leaving many people in permanent chronic hip, knee or back pain. So perhaps it's time to try muscle balancing to protect your joints and reduce your level of pain. Check out the Kinesiology Information Page
Of concern are revisions that may be needed for both procedures, necessitating more surgery and more recovery.
Check out all treatment options available for chronic pain first!