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Knee or Hip Pain Treatment - Christchurch

painful knee and hip joints treated at Christchurch pain clinic

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.

Also holistically for our natural solutions for chronic pain we always have to consider the implications of the spine flexibility and possible back 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 however, as with this client's Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS), knee and hip replacements are best reserved for when all other avenues of pain relief can been exhausted.

Initial Assessment & Treatment Plan at our Kinesiology Pain Clinic 

  • 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

As you can clearly see from the photographs above there is a positive change in her posture so I'd like you consider the impact of poor posture can have on chronic pain, regardless of where the chronic pain is in your body - back pain, knee pain, shoulders, hips or feet.

 

Poor posture causes painful knees and hips

Importance of Muscle Balance for Chronic Pain Relief 

Weak or tight muscles cause chronic hip or knee pain and movement problems and disability
  • 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 and Challenging

Your pain may be in your hip, your knee or knees, but the cause of your pain can be elsewhere in your body. This is the reason why any pain professional you speak to asks many questions that don't seem to be about your knee or the part of your body that is hurting.

Physical Damage may not be Cause of Pain

Research has shown that we all have some degeneration of bones, joints and the tendons that hold them together. By the widespread use of MRI's over the past decade we now know physical damage doesn't mean pain. As people can have considerable degeneration but never have pain.

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 healed itself, physically. There is no longer any tissue damage but for many reasons you can still be in pain. You feel the pain!

Your Brain Remembers the Pain - Neuroplasticity

 

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

Could we be taking better care of our knees and hips?

Unfortunately we often take our joints such as knees and hips for granted, rather than ensuring they are in working order. This article will give your some ideas how to take care of your joints and give you pause for thought before strong pain killers, injections and surgery.

Some causes of knee & hip pain

Complications of hip and knee operations: 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:

  • Infection

  • Excessive bleeding

  • Blood clots

  • Hip dislocation

  • 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.

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 before surgery - it's a one-way door!

 

This article raises some questions about the causes of hip and knee pain. Also discusses way to slow down your walk towards artificial man-made parts into your hips or knees.

Interesting, the recommendations for rehab following surgery, these idea sound a great preventative option - before surgery?

 

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