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Naturally Treat & Prevent Knee Pain

by Dr. Stephen Gangemi on April 21, 2012

This post is a video, one I recently posted on the Sock Doc site, but it’s as important to have here because a lot of people have knee pain and either live with it every day, take medication to deal with the pain, or resort to surgery when it’s unnecessary. So – check it out. It’s a bit long, (15 minutes), but the length is necessary to describe how the knee is affected by other areas of the body and how different areas of the knee can refer pain elsewhere. If you just can’t get enough of the knee – check out the article “No Need for Knee Pain” here at DRG. Also, if you’re interested in learning more about the trigger point therapy I describe in this video as well as the other videos, check out this new article and video over at Sock Doc – “Trigger Point Therapy – A Powerful Tool To Treat & Prevent Injuries“.


I'm a board certified chiropractic physician and clinical nutritionist with a passion for true natural health care. I implement dietary & nutritional therapies, exercise & movement practices, and lifestyle changes along with manual therapy techniques to help the body heal and prevent illness and injuries.


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  1. LaRu permalink

    Very helpful information!!! Thank you for sharing your clear understanding of body mechanics and body needs!!!

  2. please help me please permalink

    I have had pain for over 2 1/2 years and haven’t been able to work as a nurse since December of 2011. I just recently underwent a total left knee replacement in November, 2012 and I am still experiencing excruciating pain from the back & inside of my knee down to the bottom of my foot. I have always had lower back pain and shoulder pain which was diagnosed as a child to be from scoliosis and lordosis. I had sustained a massive fall in 2010 upon exiting my truck and falling backwards hard onto my back in a supine position and have experienced the left knee pain since then. My ortho is confused and doesn’t understand why I am still having such pain to the point of taking away my narcotic pain medication and referring me to PT which has only made the problem worse to where I am crying with the pain before the end of the sessions. I have never been able to lay in a supine position without pain and have always experienced problems with attempting to get up from a laying down position. Prior to the total knee replacement I had experienced multiple falls and would result in multiple bruising and at times it would result in open wounds due to the falls. I have always experienced head aches that I have always just learned to deal with. My ortho dropped me from 7.5/500 percs 1 to 2 tabs q 4 hours to 5/325 percs 1 tab every 6 hours and now wants me off the narcotics completely. I will be honest I have been taking lots of ibuprofen on top of the decreased dosage of the percs to try to keep the pain to a tolerable level. My ortho says that I should be with full ROM now since I am over 2 months post-op, but I am not and actually am using a dog lease to move my left leg when I need to change positions. I am still utilizing a walker to ambulate and it is at a very slow pace and currently am only able to tolerate about 2 stairs at a time. I am unable to lift my leg at all without the assistance of the dog lease that I put around my left foot to move the leg. I cant sit for long periods without the pain increasing and movement aggravates the situation. I really thought that I would be pain free at this stage and was hoping that the knee replacement would have solved the problems. The ortho did inform me that when he did the knee replacement that my knee cap had actually fell apart when he went in to the surgery. He said he didn’t realize that it was actually as bad as it was until he went in to the do the surgery. I am only in my 40s and cant imagine having to live with this pain for the rest of my life. I even at one time had a doctor try to tell me that he thought I was abused and thought that the bruises were from an abusive situation instead of a medical problem, of course this was prior to being scene by the ortho that performed the knee surgery. My MRI prior to the knee surgery did show lots of arthritis and a few degenerative disks in my back as well, but these problems have always been associated with the scoliosis and lordosis of my spine. I am confused as to why this pain is still happening and happened to do a search on my symptoms and came across your website. I have a digital disk and a copy of the MRI report that was done in 2010 and also can access partial records of the current condition and treatment of the knee if you would like to look at them and possibly point me in a direction that may assist my situation. I have gained lots of weight over the last few years due to the decreased mobility and was looking forward to being able to be active again with my family. We used to be very active and would do lots of camping, swimming, hiking, and water sports such as skiing and horse back riding and bike riding. We used to ride bike trails all the time, but seriously I haven’t attempted it in over 2 years now. I also prior to the surgery and still at times have noticed that my left foot will turn outwards and I am still unable to straighten my leg out completely without pain and discomfort. The ortho performed the total knee replacement due to the wear and tear on the joint and degenerative arthritis and osteoarthritis. I have also had a total hysterectomy back in 2008, not sure if this has anything to do with this or not, but according to your information looks like my female problems and past problems with my pregnancies and multiple miscarriages before I finally gave birth to 2 children might be connected with some of these issues. Thanks in advance for taking the time to look at my posting and to try to assist me it is greatly appreciated. I posted this on another part of your site, but also forgot to add that growing up I had always been active and was very much involved in jazz and gymnastic types of activities and don’t know if this would help you look at my situation or not. Please advise. Thanks again

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