At Dr. Schwartz’s office, there is a combination of knee osteoarthritis treatments offered to help solve your chronic pain issues.
We strive to provide patients with an alternative to opioids and other potentially harmful options.
We may choose to use all or some of the therapies listed below in the treatment protocol, based on your situation.
Homeopathic injections are one of the most effective pain-relieving options we offer.
In the MOZART trial that was published in 2017, these injections were able to reduce pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee by more than 60%. We have used these injections and others for over 20 years with great success.
These homeopathic injections, as a knee osteoarthritis treatment option, have the potential to provide significant pain relief, allowing patients with knee osteoarthritis to return to more of their favorite daily activities.
We also can treat more specific types of pain in muscles and ligaments throughout the body. Muscles and ligaments require a unique approach that differs from knee osteoarthritis issues.
Acupuncture is also a beneficial tool used to increase function and mobility, as well as help to decrease pain in knee joints affected with osteoarthritis. Research has shown that acupuncture is an effective tool in addressing pain and function for patients with knee osteoarthritis.
In our clinic, we have found that patients can see a reduction in pain the same day as their visit if the problem is functional. If you have severe degeneration, we recommend ongoing acupuncture to continue providing support to the affected joint along with other treatments.
Pressure Wave Technology
A more technology-based option is Pulse Wave Technology, also known as Shockwave or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT).
Our office has been utilizing this technology to enhance local circulation in areas of pain to facilitate blood flow.
Promoting blood flow and circulation is a method to control and reduce pain, thus enabling our patients to get relief from constant pain and get back to their everyday activities.
Research has shown that EPAT can be used as a non-surgical alternative knee osteoarthritis treatment option that can reduce pain and improve function for patients with osteoarthritis in the knee.
Placenta Cell Injections
We have also found that our placenta cell (after live birth only) injections are a way to take advantage of the body’s own ability to repair itself. These specialized cells can provide sustained pain relief and return of joint mobility and functionality. We are all about providing safe and effective options for our patients.
We work with a well respected herbal company that provides herbal product support to enhance the therapies that our office uses. The core of a knee osteoarthritis treatment we offer is an external patch that helps to increase healing. It increases blood flow, lymphatic circulation, and may help enhance the chondrocyte’s ability to synthesize collagen and proteoglycan. Our clinics’ results were very impressive to our patients.
This process helps to restore the damaged joint cartilage matrix, eliminate joint pain, and improve overall joint functionality.
We also utilize an internal product as well, which uses the Reishi Mushroom and American Ginseng to improve blood flow throughout the body. This treatment has resulted in healing and decreased pain in as little as one month, and has succeeded where other therapies have failed.
These supplements enhance systemic microcirculation to provide stronger avenues for delivering nutrients to the affected joints. This speeds up and promotes the body’s natural healing response.
For more complex patients we also offer additional therapies. Xavant is a type of radio wave therapy that is useful in patients also experiencing nerve pain in association with damage to the nerves around the knee joint.
Using a 5% dextrose solution has been used for patients with osteoarthritis where other treatments were less successful.
Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP
In some patient cases, we also use platelet-rich plasma injections when addressing knee osteoarthritis.