Most think the only way to treat bone-on-bone pain is via surgery; however, physical therapy can pose a long-term healing alternative that is less invasive and is less painful for those who suffer from bone on bone discomfort.
Physical Therapy as an Alternative to Surgery
- Have you been told your knee or hip is “bone on bone”?
- Have you ever been told that you have limited options other than injections or joint replacement, or that a specific malady is the reason for your pain?
If so, then you should be advised that you absolutely do have other options. Why? Because,the supporting structures surrounding any deteriorating joint are often the culprits in producing the pain and dysfunction associated with osteoarthritis. These supporting structure are the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerve branches. Treatment of these supporting structures often leads to less pain and improved function.
Compared to surgical alternatives, this relief can be achieved relatively quickly by means of physical therapy between 2-4 weeks. Best of all, the overall function of the joint often improves enough that you may be able to put off having a potentially costly and painful joint replacement for years, and sometimes, indefinitely. The treatment alternative offered by physical therapy is relatively painless; it often involves soft tissue massage to the appropriate structures, mobilization of the peripheral nervous system, and exercise to improve strength, flexibility and balance.
Why Isn’t Physical Therapy More Frequently Recommended?
These facts beg the question as to why your physician has not already recommended this treatment for you? The reality is that 90% of physical therapy practices are corporately owned with a business model that emphasizes productivity over patient care. Thus, their treatment is protocol-based exercise and modalities, such as ice and electrical stimulation. At orthopedic and sports physical therapy, our business model is patient care-based and outcome-oriented. Productivity is taken care of by referrals made from happy clients/patients. Our therapists are trained to assess muscle, tendon, ligament, and neural tissue, determine the cause of the dysfunction, and to treat it based on each patient’s individuality.
For example, during a recent patient encounter with you, a 75-year-old female arrive at the office with a right knee that was “bone on bone” according to her doctor. His recommendation was surgery or medication; however, her friend told her about our clinic. During her first visit, she looked at me and said, “You can’t fix my knee; it’s bone on bone.”
I replied, “I can’t change the cartilage deterioration in your knee, but I can see if it is the cause of your problem.”
In four visits, over a 10-day period, she went from walking with a limp, to having no pain in her knee, and she was back to walking two miles a day.
The change was staggering. My client found she was angry that no one else in the medical field recommended the option of physical therapy to her and that she had to find out from a friend.
Therefore, if you have hip or knee pain, and your only intervention has been X-rays, MRIs, medication, and a recommendation for surgery, give us a call and let us see if we can get you off the meds and back to moving and living a life free of pain.
From Crestview to Destin, with four locations, the Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Center is the place to go for sports injuries and for expedient therapeutic recovery. When you’re in pain and looking for safe, competent, and complete relief, look no further than the experts at the Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Center, LLC. They’ll get you up and running in no time.