Is Knee Joint Pain Treatable with Neurofunctional Pain Management?

November 21, 2022by William Bozeman

Many who experience knee joint pain will attest to the frustration that accompanies the lack of effective treatments. After the application of treatment and ingestion of drugs, patients are left with the short-term relief from pain and wait for the pain to resume while the condition causing it gets worse. Many patients simply want a solution to the pain– or to put it more simply– they want to know that knee joint pain is treatable without invasive procedures and surgeries. Short answer is that there are options to treat knee pain of various causes, but the root cause of the problem is likely to continue, and the overall condition of the knee will likely get worse while temporary relief efforts get shorter and shorter.

Most patients are familiar with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and Tylenol, and other over the counter medications that give short window of pain relief and dull the pain and cause the patient to rely on heavier and unhealthier doses. But what else can patients with knee joint pain do to effectively treat the pain? In addition to the use of NSAIDs, other home remedy efforts include regular kneading and massaging of the knee, and regular application of ice to diminish swelling in the muscles. Patient who simply deal with the pain on their own are less likely to experience any long-term or moderate-term pain relief because all their efforts and home use medications will get less and less effective as the knee gets worse and worse over time.

Some doctors may rely on the use of a treatment called corticosteroid injection. The primary purpose for corticosteroid injection, much like the use of NSAIDs and ice, is to reduce inflammation. However, unlike NSAIDs and the application of ice, the intention of corticosteroids is to provide lasting anti-inflammatory effects, which can actually last for several months. However, the growing consensus of conventional care is leaning in the direction of less and less corticosteroid use overall. Many reports and publications are coming out with evidence that long-term use of steroids to reduce inflammation and pain is actually facilitating the continues destruction of the damaged tissue causing the pain, essentially making the condition worse at the expense of short-term relief. However, one could easily see the benefits of corticosteroid injections especially due to their lasting efficacy, typically several weeks to several months of pain relief. One other benefit of corticosteroids is that they closely resemble a natural hormone produced in our bodies called cortisol, which is the source of health deterioration associated with stress. However, we must not view the injections of corticosteroids as a perfectly safe and effective even if they do resemble something that is naturally produced in our bodies. It is widely known that steroids have a litany of side effects and are often viewed– perhaps with a short-term effective use range, meaning a doctor would see steroids as a solution for a few years, but not for decades. Many patients who have used steroids for treatment, including treatment for knee pain, will either experience the numerous side effects or appreciate how the treatment with corticosteroids makes them feel. Regardless of the opinion of patients and their experience with steroid treatment, side effects are undeniable and sometimes deadly. In a 2019 study conducted by doctors Dara Grennan and Sheila Wang, it was confirmed that steroids, “. . . reduce the ability of the immune system to function (immunosuppression). Patients taking steroids are not only more susceptible to infections but more likely to have severe or unusual infections”.  These medical professionals continue to explain the severe side effects of steroids by comparing them to the aforementioned cortisol, your body’s primary and natural stress hormone. Grennan and Wang conclude that, “. . . because steroids are so similar to cortisol, prolonged use of systemic steroids at higher doses can cause the adrenal glands to stop making cortisol. If the systemic steroid is stopped suddenly, this adrenal suppression and resulting lack of steroid can cause a wide range of symptoms, such as dangerously low blood pressure”. That said, knee pain is such a problem for patients and their doctors that they are willing to get on a steroid regiment to resolve the immediate pain with the understanding that a knee replacement or other surgery is the ultimate end result.

We can’t forget that many other risk factors may contribute to knee pain and that most of the treatments for knee pain only remediate inflammation, which is the driving force behind most chronic pain conditions. As we have mentioned before, many conditions contribute to chronic knee pain including bone spurs, arthritis, dislocation, bad posture, and referred pain from hip and back or from foot and ankle. It should then be assumed by patients seeking treatment that if these alternative risk factors apply to them, the use of NSAIDs, icing, and corticosteroid injection will not be a very lasting treatment. If their risk factor for knee pain does not include inflammation of the muscles, the aforementioned anti-inflammatory treatments will do little to help the pain. It is therefore crucial that patients experiencing knee pain get an accurate diagnosis and identify the source or sources of their knee pain.

How does Neurofunctional Pain Management help with knee pain? Regardless of the cause of knee pain, a patient’s primary concern is their ability to perform daily tasks without pain. Pain is a nervous system condition, with pain neurons referring pain to the brain and the brain interpreting that pain and creating responses. It’s a feedback loop that is supposed to be a healing mechanism, but if there is no healing occurring then it simply becomes a negative feedback loop with the pain neurons referring pain and the brain reacting to that pain and triggering inflammation which causes more pain, and the cycle continues. Neurofunctional Pain Management is an effort to relieve pain while also restoring health so that the conditions causing chronic pain can be resolved as much as possible in the effort to relieve pain overall. Neuragenex is the pioneering medical group bringing Neurofunctional Pain Management to the nation. The premise of Neurofunctional Pain Management is to use high pulse electrical stimulation to relieve chronic pain and to apply health restoration efforts such as specialized hydration and nutritional deficiency restoration, in combination with robust patient education and lifestyle counseling to produce a pain relief effect and a health restoration effect that will enhance the pain relief effect, making the entire pain relief process last longer for the patient and produce an enhanced quality of life that is more than just being out of pain, but being out of pain and being healthier than they were before.

Neuragenex offers a Neurofunctional Pain Management solution called Neuralgesia that is a combination of high pulse electrical stimulation and specialized hydration therapy that fits the very definition of Neurofunctional Pain Management. Neuragenex can apply this protocol to any chronic pain condition to achieve the effect of relieving pain and restoring health to magnify the patient’s quality of life. Because many chronic pain conditions are musculoskeletal based pain problems, like bone/joint/muscle pain issues, the high pulse electrical stimulation component of Neurofunctional Pain Management is an effective therapeutic application for relieving pain. The health restoration effort may include several components depending on the patients specific conditions and issues, but ultimately the foundation of the patients health restoration is in specialized IV hydration therapy that balances and restores the nutritional deficiencies that are a primary component of chronic systemic inflammation and overall chronic pain. Neuragenex can effectively treat chronic pain conditions like peripheral neuropathy and chronic knee pain using Neuralgesia treatment protocols and applying the overall concepts of Neurofunctional Pain Management.

William Bozeman

by William Bozeman

William is a healthcare executive, innovator, entrepreneur, inventor, and writer with a wide range of experience in the medical field. William has multiple degrees in a wide range of subjects that give depth to his capability as an entrepreneur and capacity to operate as an innovative healthcare executive. William has an associate degree in electrical technology, two undergraduate degrees in biotechnology and archaeology, an MBA, and attended medical school in Alabama. William took a leave of absence from medical school to open his first biotech lab and serve as the chief science officer, writer, and innovator. William has founded and launched multiple biotech ventures while serving in a range of positions in that field as chief executive officer, chief science officer, chief medical officer, founder, and innovator. William has brought multiple biologic products to market for clinical use applications and written many treatment protocols for application of use and helped pioneer the use of regenerative medicine in the medical field. William's research-based protocols paved the way for widescale procedure use application in the medical field. Many physicians and medical providers still use his protocols in their practice today and have shared their success and techniques with hundreds of physicians and providers. William was one of the first entrepreneurs to actively help integrate regenerative medicine into mainstream healthcare and coached hundreds of physicians and providers across the nation in the use of regenerative medicine.

William has founded and launched a range of new medical businesses and served as an executive in multiple companies in the healthcare field:

  • Multiple biotech and biologic product production labs with robust national and international distribution
  • Multiple high complex clinical toxicology and PCR labs
  • A nationwide allergy and immunotherapy medical service organization with dozens of locations
  • Founded and opened multiple medical practices and medical service programs specializing chronic pain management without medications, surgery, or invasive procedures.

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