Non Surgical Knee Pain Specialist

Non Surgical Knee Pain Specialist!

Dean’s Sports Therapy is a sports Medicine clinic that specialized in knee pain and stiffness.

 

We use the most up to date treatment approaches to not only elevate knee pain, but increase the functionality of the knee with daily activities. Video Testimonial above is a 26 year old Professional Volleyball player that was told her only treatment options was a full knee replacement!

Orthopedist told me that Knee Replacement was my only option.  Now I can run again pain free! Thanks Dr. Dean!
Dr. Dean Treating Paul Chelimo with knee pain
Dr. Dean treating Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo for knee pain.

Causes of Knee pain?

Causes of knee pain and treatmentThe knee is a simple hinge joint that bends back and forth. In the absence  of a traumatic injury such as skiing, football or fall most knee injuries are an indicator of a global problem. Much like bending a stick on both sides with the strain converging on the middle, the knee takes the brunt of the forces if the foot, hip and core have lack proper mobility/stability.

Types of Knee Injuries

The following injuries can occur from physical trauma or from long term mobility/stability issues of the entire leg. Poor force coupling between the core and hip is the most common presentation.

  • ACL Injury. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is a strong ligament that connects the lower leg bone (tibia) to the large thigh bone known as the femur. This injury generally occurs when a poorly controlled sudden change in direction such as when skiing or playing basketball.
  • Torn Meniscus. There medial and lateral menisci are tough shock absorbing cushion in your knee. These rubbery cartilage are generally injuries when the is under load, flexed and twisting. It’s important to note that in most cases surgery isn’t needed and there are actually better outcome for those who do not receive Arthroscopic meniscus repair. See research here
  • Fractures of the Knee. Generally occurs during physical trauma occurring to the knee such as sporting injuries and car accidents. Fractures are of the femur, patella, tibia or fibula.

Mechanical Injuries

  • Patellar Tendonitis. This occurs when the stability/mobility of the system is altered use as poor force coupling of the hip/core, tight inner tight muscles, or limited ankle mobility forces more strain on the patellar tendon. Overtime the patellar tendon degenerates and becomes inflamed, thus dubbed patellar tendonitis.
  • Knee Bursitis. A bursa is a fluid filled sac that allow 2 structures such a tendons, muscles and fascia to glide by each other without friction. When there is a mechanical problem of the knee then inflammation occurs (knee bursitis).
  • IT band Syndrome.  The large band like structure on the outside of the leg helps prevent the knee from collapsing inwards (plus more). When this band or pain is felt on the outside of the knee, it’s generally known as IT band Syndrome.
  • Runners Knee. Pain felt in the front of the knee by runners. Usually involving the patella, patella tendon. Most runners feel this at a particular distance. “My knee hurts 3 miles into a run”.
  • Osteoarthritis. The end result of poor mechanics of the knee, hip and ankle is arthritis of the knee. Even if you have arthritis of the knee you can still live a life without pain.
A Picture of a review of a patient experiencing knee pain relief after being treated at Dean's Sports Therapy in Brentwood, LA

Symptoms

Knee pain symptom depend on the type of injury and the severity. Typical signs and symptoms of Knee pain include.

  • Redness or swelling of the knee
  • Weakness or instability
  • Bakers cyst- Swelling behind the knee
  • Popping or crunching noises inside the knee
  • Can’t fully straighten the leg
Dr. Dean is the Yoda healer of the knee! ~Brain E.

Dean’s Sports Therapy approach to treating knee pain includes a full spectrum approach to knee evaluation and treatment:

  • Find, Treat and Reverse scar tissue in the knee
  • Obtain a proper knee diagnosis (often misdiagnosed)
  • Full body examination for accurate home exercise program

How do you Treat it?

Diagnosing knee injuries needs to take into account biomechanics of the tendons, ligaments and nerves of the knee. Once it’s known what tissue is generating the pain, finding the cause become is vital to ensuring long term relief from the knee pain.

Finding the cause a skilled clinician must do a global assessment of the body, particularly of pelvis, core, hip, ankle a foot on the involved leg. Common problems include.

  • Limited Dorsiflexion of the ankle
  • Sensitivity of the Femoral, Saphenous or Lateral Femoral Cutaneous nerve.
  • Stiff and Tight Hip
  • Poor Balance
  • Core endurance and function
  • Scar tissue in connective tissue around the knee.
  • Patella tracking (positioning) during movement.
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