One of the most common causes of knee pain in adults over 50 is osteoarthritis or “OA,” a degenerative disease where the cartilage in a joint wears down, causing pain, stiffness and disability. At greatest risk are those who are overweight, sedentary, have a family history of osteoarthritis and anyone with a prior knee injury or surgery. Women are more susceptible than men.
Common treatments include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), weight loss, physical therapy and pain medications. When symptoms get severe and limit quality of life, physicians recommend a total knee replacement. The surgery is not without risks and costs. Serious complications, including heart attack, blood clots, nerve damage, infection and even death occurs in 5.6% of patients. The surgery requires 2-3 days in the hospital and up to one year in rehabilitation. Additionally, your results may vary. Between 14% and 53% of patients have some level of persistent knee pain after surgery.
So, what are the alternatives? One option is the BioniCare Knee System, which stimulates the knee with a clinically proven, unique signal delivered using electrodes placed on the knee and thigh. BioniCare was shown to reduce pain, improve function, reduce joint stiffness and reduce medications in multiple clinical studies. Unlike knee replacement, there are no significant risks or side effects of using BioniCare. Additionally, BioniCare can be used along with other conservative treatments, such as stem cell procedures and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections. Most important, when BioniCare is used for 2250 hours or more, the effect is equal to a total knee replacement. Will your knee pain end in a total knee replacement? It doesn’t have to!