All you need to know about the Knee: Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation or Surgery.
Arthroscopic knee surgery also known as orthoscopic has been found useless and no better than a sham surgery!
Treating Torn Meniscus and injured Knee Ligaments
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Not too long ago, when I was a guest on the Bernama TV’s Today Show, the host of the show asked me about knee problems. He had several questions that he put to me both on-air and off-air. The one issue that has kept repeating in my mind since: Is chiropractic care for the knee as effective as medication or surgery? The host asked, is it appropriate to see a chiropractor?
My answer: It depends on the situation and that there are many occasions where chiropractic care can be of significant help. After the show was over, I quickly realized that I forgot to mention that chiropractors are not created equal!
I have been invited to speak on public platforms in the United States of America as well as in Malaysia. I have had the pleasure of being interviewed on television and radio in both these countries. The one thing that I still can’t get over is how quickly time passes during an interview. The issue of chiropractic care for spine and joint is so broad that it ‘s hard to fit into any one single show. So because of time limitations on live television or radio, it is hard to cover the entire subject matter when it came to knee problems, knee diagnosis, and non-operative knee care. Because of that, I have decided to share additional information about chiropractic treatment and sports injuries with this article.
While chiropractors treat lots of spine and joint conditions, there are differences.
Chiropractic is just like any other profession, especially when it comes to knee problems. There are good ones, bad ones, and great ones. As long as one avoids the bad ones, it should work very well for knee problems. In fact, it should work better than medication or surgery. There are certain knee conditions that an average chiropractic center can not be as efficient or one where the benefits from a typical center may have minimal impact, especially if you have a meniscal or ligamentous injury/problem. Well, that will not happen in our centers!
The Doctor of Chiropractic at Chiropractic Specialty Center use very specific knee treatment protocols that others do not use. I know this fact because the knee treatment protocols used in our offices were developed and perfected by me. I took years of research to develop them. In our centers, we incorporate principals of clinical physiotherapy, targetted rehabilitation, focused osseous manipulations, soft tissue work and research-based chiropractic adjustments (treatment) coupled with advanced biomechanical stability exercises programs. Our method of knee care has improved patients that even the surgeons had given up on. Through our methods of knee treatment, we have been able to help even those that had multiple knee surgeries. Best of all we have accomplished the same results over and over, time and again.
To gain a better understanding of when to see a chiropractor and when to see an orthopedist for your knee pain, please read on. This article will give you a good idea of how to approach your knee problem, what steps to take to get the proper care, and what you can expect from either our target specific conservative rehabilitative treatment or knee surgery.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IS THAT THE LATEST RESEARCH THAT HAS JUST COME OUT OF EUROPE HAS REVEALED WHAT SOME SURGEONS DO NOT WANT THEIR KNEE PATIENTS TO KNOW:
“Arthroscopic Knee Surgery is NOT EFFECTIVE, In Fact, a FAKE Surgical Procedure for your knee May JUST WORK BETTER.”
What your surgeon doesn‘t want to tell you, we will! In fact we will even give you a link (below) where you can go and down load this new England journal of Medicine article right now by Useing our site’s serach button and serach for “ARTHROSCOPIC KNEE SURGERY”.
For the life of me, I do not know why I forgot to mention this published article while living on Bernama’s “Today Show.” It is with that regret that I have forced myself to take the time and write and make this article. I want everyone out there to know that there is an alternative to surgery. You don’t have to have surgery, just because someone said so! Surgery is NOT your ONLY option. In fact, reputable medical research published by a host of European Professor Doctors, are actively calling for an end to arthroscopic knee surgery.
What to Do Incase of a Knee Injury?
There are far too many types of knee problems and injuries and for us to cover them all is an impossible task. To save time and to avoid boring you to death, I would like to concentrate on the few occasions where you may need a surgeon over me or someone like me (one of the chiropractors from a Chiropractic Specialty Center). In other words, instances where you injure your knee, and you’ll have to skip our methods of care altogether— injuries that require you to go to the nearest hospital.
Injuries such as severely torn ligaments (100%), dislocations and fractures. If you are unlucky enough to get one of these, there is nothing that I or any other chiropractor can do for you, at least not before you have surgery. We can do superior post-surgical rehab at an unparalleled level, but first, but first you’ll have to see “Zoro” (Orthopedic Surgeon).
A Torn Ligament?
A torn ligament is a common condition that occurs in athletes. Sports injuries involving the knees will almost always include some degree of ligamentous injury. However, you do not need a surgery just because you have a torn ligament. I usually recommend surgery for ligamentous injuries that are 100%, meaning that the entire ligament is fully torn. There are some occasions where a partial ligamentous injury requires surgical intervention. Knee surgery for partial tears should be reserved if the non-invasive means fails.
A Dislocated Knee?
You don‘t have to be an athlete to injure your knee. In fact, most knee injuries occur outside of sports. Athletes have developed stronger muscles and soft tissues, resulting in more stable knees. The average person, on the other hand, has weaker soft tissues and muscles and a simple twist or a gentle fall could result in damage. Like, getting your heel caught in the grill cracks on the sidewalk:
- Your foot gets stuck; your body continues to move, injuring ligaments and soft tissues to a degree where your knee “pops” as it dislocates. Youch!!!
A classic sign of dislocation is instability if you feel your knee are buckling under you or that if the knees repeatedly give away: you just may have a dislocated knee. If you have suffered this fate, you will need a surgeon to reattach the ligaments. Once “Zorro” is done, we can initiate your rehab and get you as close as to the 100% mark as possible. One thing you will have to understand is that once a knee is injured, it will never function at a 100% again. If anyone promises you 100% healing, they are lying. It is just that simple.
A Fractured Knee?
Another scenario where you will need an orthopedic surgeon instead of us is if you fracture your knee. A very painful condition. This is where you will need some nice people to come pick you up and take you directly to an emergency room. We come into the picture when you are out of the hospital and need some rehabilitation. The surgeon has to use screws to attach your bones back on your feet. We will get you ready for the dance.
A Torn Meniscus?
Here is where most knee patients get confused. The surgeon wants to cut you! He or she may recommend the so-called “bread and butter knee procedure.” Each year millions of people are subjected to this useless surgical procedure. Never mind that research has established its uselessness. Never mind that it may cause more damage and harm to the patient.
The biggest puzzle for me is
WHY ARE THEY STILL DOING THIS ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY WHEN RESEARCH HAS PROVEN IT TO BE NOTHING LESS THAN A MISERABLE FAILURE!
A torn meniscus is the type of knee injury treated best conservatively. Never mind what “ZORRO” wants, listen and read the published FINNISH Research released in the New England Journal of Medicine. If you didn’t copy the link in the section above here, it is again: USE OUR SEARCH BUTTON ON THE RIGHT UPPER CORNER AND SEARCH FOR ARTHROSCOPIC KNEE SURGERY.
A torn meniscus is one of the three most common knee conditions we see in our offices on a weekly basis. This is where we use our proprietary systems of knee therapy that we call “The Knee Protocol.” To humbly put it, it is the ultimate and most efficient method of non-operative care that you can get on the planet. Just that simple!!
The good thing for those that have a meniscal disorder is that, no matter how severe the tear is or how bad the pain is, our particular proprietary method of “Knee Protocols” can work to stabilize and relieve meniscal pain and problems.
I can conclusively tell you that our treatments will give you modest to massive relief. Sometimes the results are immediate! Not ONLY will our systems of care make you feel better it will also prevent the tear from getting worse too giving—your knee joint some breathing room. Besides, medical research had shown meniscus healing through non-operative clinical treatments on an outpatient basis. Our centers can accomplish the same.
“A good analogy towards understanding meniscal wear, tear & injury is to think of a pencil eraser that you pick at and tear. You’ve never done that? Oh, you should try it—very educational.”
What is a Meniscus and how it causes Knee Pain?
Perhaps this is where we should have started. If you have a meniscal problem, you are all too familiar with knee pain. And as such, you may not need a description of what a meniscus is. Just in case you do and for those that are not familiar with a meniscus, please read on.
A meniscus is a semi-circular cartilaginous disk that separates the thigh bone from the leg bone. A meniscus‘s primary function is to provide the cushion (shock absorber) and support. To accommodate for these functions, your knee needs 2 healthy, stable and functioning menisci: The medial meniscus and the lateral meniscus.
A healthy meniscus is spongy but tough, a characteristic rendered to it by their cartilaginous features. This means that a meniscus, just like other cartilaginous parts of your body, will wear out. Once worn (degenerated); it can lead to tears and significant knee pain. Conservative treatments through Chiropractic Specialty Center’s Knee Protocols can help even a torn and degenerated meniscus. Call or visit a center near you today. We can help even if you have severely degenerated knees.
Why do meniscal tears develop? How the Knee Joint wears out?
Why does the knee wear out? One theory is that all things will become worn and nothing lasts forever. Everything wears down with age.
A better theory is that the surrounding muscles and soft tissues of the knee get too tight.
Your hamstrings, quadriceps, calves all play a critical role in the health and maintenance of your knee joint. If these structures malfunction, expect problems with the knees and your spine. As the muscles tighten they induce a pulling effect, narrowing the joint space. You have to keep in mind that the menisci are between your thigh bone and leg bone and when the muscles of your thigh and leg get tight it compresses the cartilage between these two bones.
Now take this tightening effect of muscles and add to it the daily twists and turns you impose of your knees. Think about this carefully; compress and twist, compress, bend and twist. A good analogy is to think of an Oreo cookie…think about pressing the Oreo together (squeeze it), now think about twisting the Oreo and finally, think of pressing and twisting the Oreo at the same time. That is what is happening to your knees. The long-term effect will wear out your knees. The more intense the effects, the faster the wear and tear.
A meniscal tear ranges from the very mild to the severe, each haveing an assigned grade accordingly. In our centers, we use the internationally recognized grading system of 1-3. A grade 1 tear represents a crack that is mild in nature, while a grade 2 denotes moderate and severe is grade 3.
Can a Torn Meniscus lead to Painful Knee?
The most common symptom of a torn meniscus is “pain.” The severity of pain is often related to the seriousness of the damage and the effects that tear have on other structures. You see, when you tear your meniscus, other structures are also affected. It is particularly the case when it comes to the tibia (the long bone in the leg).
The tibia is the long bone below your knee. It is the bone that the meniscus is firmly attached to. You cannot have a problem in one without the other. It is a simple truth that everyone has ignored. Not us at the Chiropractic Specially Centers. We pay undivided attention to the meniscus and all its attachments, especially the tibia. I have been in practice now for almost 20 years, and during this entire time, I have yet to see a meniscal tear without tibial involvement.
The reason why I have mentioned the tibia here is that there are times when a patient has presented with a mild tear but yet complained of severe and agonizing pain. And on the other hand, I have seen plenty of patients that have presented with moderate or severe tears and yet, have had minimal pain. This is an undeniable fact, the size of the tear will not always determine the severity of your pain.
In our centers, we don’t relate the size of your tear to the severity of your condition. The surgeons like this because they can play on this to convince their patients on the need for surgery, even though research has debunked surgery for the meniscus now.
In our centers, a meniscus tear is an important indicator of the overall health of a knee.
In other words, for the average person, a meniscal tear results from extended wear and tear—a condition where one has ignored other simpler knee problems. I am one that believes a meniscus is hard to damage unless you already have some pre-existing knee disorder. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. For example, an athlete that severely injures an otherwise healthy knee with one busting move.
Aside from pain, there are other telltale signs of a meniscal injury. Symptoms such as an inability to fully extend the knee—it feels better to keep the knee bent rather than straight or fully extended. Many that have had meniscal tears often complain of an inability to put their weight on their leg fully. Some may even hear a clicking sound. Although there are other reasons for this, if there are clicking or popping sounds and you have knee pain, you may have a meniscal tear.
If you have a meniscal tear or suspect a meniscal tear: Get the BEST Knee Treatments at our Centers.
We are the best option for you in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the rest of the world. Unless, of course, you want that useless surgical procedure Arthroscopic Knee Surgery. And, if you have had this surgical procedure, you will also need us because you will still be in pain or the pain will come back soon. If you are one of those lucky ones that have not had pain return after the surgery, be careful as the odds are heavily against you. Thus, so the pain may return. I have a patient that has had five surgeries on her knees, and the crazy thing is that she is ONLY 45 years old. The surgeon wants to cut more, but she has had enough of “Zorro.” She came to us and now is doing great!
In our centers, when we suspect a meniscal tear, we evaluate through a series of tests and maneuvers to check all the structures of your knee. We may even refer you out for X-rays and MRI. Once we have a good idea of what we are dealing with we can initiate your care.
How to Treat a Meniscal Tear without Knee Surgery?
As I have said many times already. Do Not Opt for Meniscal Surgery! Take the word of several prominent professor doctors that are expert orthopedic surgeons. They have collectively come out against the meniscal surgical procedure in their published works. Yes, your surgeon may say lots of positive things about the procedure; the simple fact is that research has proven him wrong!
Non-invasive, non-surgical care that is conservative in nature is best. Chiropractic Specialty Centers are so much more than just chiropractic. In our centers, we offer chiropractic, physiotherapy, rehabilitation for pre or post surgical rehabilitation, NSD Therapy (Best care for slipped disc) and much more. Our methods of the spine, joint and sports injuries are highly precise and only rendered to those whom we truly believe we can help.
We will not accept you as a patient if we do not think we can help you. We will not recommend useless procedures! Every knee pain patient will be treated through the collaborative efforts of our research-based chiropractors and clinical physiotherapists. Their combined efforts are much better than any single method. Best of all our technology and methods makes us shine. This is why we achieve successes when others fail.
A common question we get from our knee patients is if they can continue with their regular activities.
It’s as straightforward as this: If pain prevents you from doing simple tasks, or if doing everyday movements is accompanied by pain, I suggest you stop those activates until we have had a chance to repair the damage. If you are not yet a patient, at the very least stop until we have had a chance to evaluate you. Pushing your body can lead to more damage.
The simple truth is that if your body is giving you pain singles, listen to it—PAIN is a warning sign.Ignore them at your risk!
For those of you wanting to know what you can do at home—right now, to decrease your pain: ice. Like the song: “ice ice baby come‘on”! Ice your knee joint. Ice it because meniscal tears cause pain and swelling. In most cases, patients’ even report a feeling of pain or pressure behind the knee, in front of the knee and even under the kneecap.
Symptoms and swelling are there because a meniscal tear involves other sensitive knee structures. Ice will help all your problems! Your doctor may not tell you about this because he wants you to buy medication or go through surgery! Some may even suggest for you to use a heating pack.
A heating pack is a great way of making your knee worse—at the speed of light!
Torn Meniscus & Conservatively Knee Treatments.
By now, you probably have started to see a theme in this article. That’s because the principles of knee care and knee therapy are the same. The only thing that changes is how your strengthening and rehabilitative programs. Additionally, treatment centers, for the most part, have similar therapy devices when it comes to knee treatments. Proper application and setting of a therapy device are essential to successful therapy outcomes. Far too many centers have poorly trained physiotherapy staff with limited knowledge or skills. We have noticed this shortcoming in some physiotherapists, and as such, we have an in-depth training and regular educational programs to ensure the care you get is through experts in the field.
Just having conservative treatment doesn’t mean you will heal. Many non-medical therapists randomly use these words. Unfortunately, to some, these are just words. Some cannot back these words with actions. So to blankly recommend conservative therapy may not be correct. Conservative care is best, but it must be good. Many centers advertise traditional methods of care for spine and joint. Most have little knowledge, skills or technology. Some just offer a “rubba-dup-dup” –massaging tissues they can’t even name or push here and there and call it therapy. Some may claim to have TCM (traditional and complementary medicine) when in fact they as far from traditional as they are medical. Please heed my advice and do not fall victim to these folks.
The wildest thing that I have ever heard came from a well-educated individual who fell victim to one of these profiteers. He was encouraged to walk like a “guerrilla”! This so called expert mentioned to him that “guerrillas” do not get knee or back pain because of the way they walk.
Chiropractic Specialty Centers are great at Spine, Joint and Sports Injury Treatments—after all, it is our slogan!
But, if you are too far or just cannot make it to one of our centers, do your homework before you chose a place. First and foremost, you’ve got to make sure that the conservative care you get is from a clinical team that has knowledge, skills, and technology. Meniscal tears and knee disorders are no Jokes! It needs serious therapy and treatment protocols to prevent it from worsening. Ask those that have had knee replacement surgical procedures, and they will tell you not to ignore your PAIN!
If you reside in Malaysia, anywhere in the Klang Valley, in Johor, Melaka or Penang and you have a spine, joint or sports injury contact us immediately—we can help!
If diagnosed with a knee disorder, a meniscal tear and you have been encouraged to have an operation; I’d strongly suggest that you come and see us immediately—at least for a second opinion! Remember: Once cut never the same again!
If we can help you, we will let you know. We ONLY accept those as our patients if we honestly believe we can make a difference.We will not waste our time or yours; this is a promise from me to you! You can bank on it. So, call one of our centers for the BEST Knee Treatment in Malaysia.