If you suffer from knee pain and or instability of the knees, the options provided by the realm of Traditional Allopathic Medicine leave a lot to be desired. The most prevalent diagnosis rendered by a PCP or Specialist is “arthritis of the knee”. Quite literally, this means inflammation of the knee. If you have knee pain, this seems to be a somewhat obvious answer.
Prescribed care ranges from cortisone injections, over-the-counter NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, etc.), topical analgesics, oral prednisone, injected lubricants, and lastly surgical intervention ranging from arthroscopic surgery to full knee replacement.
You may notice an omission from the aforementioned list. That would be knee rehabilitation!!! Now, physical therapists carry out rehabilitative activities on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the majority of exercises carried out by PTs to enhance knee strength actually increase the inflammation of the knee. These exercises are most often directed at strengthening the VMO (vastas medialis obliqus). This muscle is the primary stabilizer of the knee and must be strengthened to establish dynamic and static stability of the lower kinetic chain. Also, more often than not, PTs have their patients performing strengthening activities multiple times a day on multiple consecutive days. This is the formula for failure since rest is the most important part of exercise since it is when you “heal”.
When a patient enters our office for a Consultation and Examination, they are provided on their initial visit a list of 21 Research Abstracts Questioning the traditional allopathic model for knee treatments and the efficacy of such care. I provide this to each patient because most people believe that there is an abundance of science in medicine. Actually, as the past three years have shown us, Medical Science is a veritable oxymoron.