Bone on bone knee pain is the more common name for osteoarthritis of the knee joint. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that develops as the tissues in your joint wear away over time, leading to inflammation and eventually the bones in the joint rubbing together painfully. Prior to any degeneration, a healthy knee joint has soft tissue in between the bones of the joint called cartilage. Cartilage is a natural shock absorber and helps to cushion and separate the bones from directly coming into contact with one another. When the cartilage gradually wears away over time, it can lead to bone-on-bone knee pain.
Causes of Bone-on-Bone Knee Pain
Osteoarthritis in Knee Joint
The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis can occur in any joint where the cartilage starts to break down as a result of a sports injury or accident but can also happy as a result of wear and tear over time. Symptoms of osteoarthritis develop over time and tend to gradually get worse. The most common symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knee are pain during or after certain movements, stiffness, tenderness, swelling, loss of flexibility, and popping or crackling sounds. As osteoarthritis in the knee joint worsens, it can be difficult to put pressure on your knee without experiencing significant pain and discomfort. You may have trouble going up and down stairs, getting out of bed, getting in and out of your vehicle or just getting up and down from playing with your children or grand children. You may have difficulty moving your knee around in what used to be your full range of motion. Inflammation in the knee joint can increase pain symptoms as the swollen soft tissues put pressure on areas nearby.
Bone spurs are bits of rough bone that can develop around the knee joint and feel like a hard bump. Bone spurs are also a symptom of osteoarthritis in the knee joint. A bone spur in the knee may rub against bones inside the joint or press on nearby nerves, leading to pain, stiffness, numbness, and tingling. Bone spurs actually develop as the body’s natural response to a perceived joint injury, like with osteoarthritis. When your joint starts to break down, your body will try to add bone to the area to try and fix the damage. Unfortunately, bone spurs can end up causing you more pain and discomfort.
Health Factors and Considerations
Osteoarthritis is common in adults because of injuries that occur as children. Most people do get injured as children but pass it off as “not a problem”.
When the injury occurs, your brain goes into action trying activate chemicals including stem cells to heal the area. When the knee joint has been injured it only takes 2 weeks time before the knee joint begins to degenerate. How many 2 weeks have gone by since you injured your knee?
Repeated stress on the knee joint over time can also lead to an increased risk of developing pain and decreased ranges of motion in the knee, even as a teenager. This can become a problem for young athletes, often times taking them out of the sport that they love.
If you’re an adults who has a job with repetitive movements that put stress on knee joints, like requiring you to stand or bend repeatedly, can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis in the knee. Extra weight can also put stress on the knee joints because they are weight-bearing, which can lead to inflammation and other issues. Have you ever wondered why 2 people that are the same age can deteriorate so differently. A history of knee injuries can also contribute to osteoarthritis of the knee, even if they took place long ago.
Treating Bone on Bone Knee Pain
There are many ways to address bone on bone knee pain and the first step is determining what is causing the pain. Diagnosing osteoarthritis of the knee joint, identifying any bone spurs, and determining the amount of cartilage still present in the joint are all factors that affect how bone on bone and knee pain in general is treated. Degenerative diseases are not reversible but there are ways to help manage pain, stop the progression of degeneration and relieve symptoms while also focusing on how to maintain range of motion and avoid the need for surgery.
Traditional Pain Management
The main goal of traditional medicine in the treatment of knee pain is to help alleviate your pain so you can function and get by in your daily life.
Unfortunately, treatments like cortisone injections, pain medications, opioid drugs and surgery are invasive and are not effective at getting to the root cause. Pain meds are addictive. Repeated cortisone injections will cause further deterioration and surgery is risky and is many times not effective.
There are highly effective natural, non-invasive ways to reduce or completely eliminate your pain. SoftWave Therapy and Chiropractic Care. While pain medications are common, they can only temporarily mask pain symptoms and do not get at the root cause. There are other pain management options that provide more long-term relief by addressing the root cause of the pain.
SoftWave Therapy for Bone-on-Bone Knee Pain
At Alan Nathans Family Chiropractic, we use SoftWave therapy to help provide pain relief and long-term healing for a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis of the knee. If you are experiencing bone-on-bone knee pain then The Stem Cell Machine is another treatment approach that is minimally invasive and does not require any medications or surgeries. Instead, The Stem Cell Machine utilizes SoftWave therapy on the knee joint to help reduce inflammation and promote healing by sending waves into the damaged soft tissues. These waves trigger a healing response in the body, encouraging more nutrients to flow to the area. This cutting-edge treatment can also help to grow new blood vessels and increase stem cells in the area.
Knee on Trac-Computerized Knee Decompression
We use the patented Knee on Trac system to separate the two main bones of the knee joint in order to reduce pain, increase function, and promote tissue healing.
By gently separating the joint space between the bottom of the femur (thigh bone) and the top of the tibia (shin bone) we can create a vacuum effect inside the knee joint which brings more nutrient rich fluid to the area. This also stretches the tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue around the joint. This combined effect helps to re-establish some of the natural joint space and cushioning in the knee.
Research has shown that traction therapy can increase bone growth (osteogenesis), improve blood supply (angiogenesis), and increase joint mobility (viscoelasticity)
This reduces pain, increases normal motion of the joint, and promotes tissue healing.
Chiropractic Care for Bone-on-Bone Knee Pain
Your chiropractor will use several chiropractic techniques to help relieve bone on bone knee pain while also helping address the root cause of the pain and degeneration in the knee joint. Chiropractors can use adjustment techniques more commonly associated with the spine on other joints in the body as well. With the knee joint, your chiropractor may perform a knee adjustment to help reduce inflammation in the knee joint and to improve mobility. A knee joint slightly out of place can take on uneven weight distribution and pressure from the rest of the body, adding to the pain and discomfort. Additionally, chiropractic adjustments on the spine can help to restore proper posture, which can also help you to better distribute your body across your weight-bearing knee joints. Massage of the soft tissues will also help reduce inflammation and increase oxygen-rich blood flow to the area. This kind of chiropractic care and gentle techniques are all-natural and medication-free but still provide you with effective pain relief and improved range of motion.