Why You Should Consider Botox for Your Knees
Does that sound a little weird? We suppose it does. We’re not here to discuss giving your knees a cosmetic “lift”, though. We’re here to talk about how Botox injections can help you with knee pain.
With 20% of physically active men and 25% of physically active women suffering from pain in the front and sides of the knee, reading about why you should consider Botox for your knees is worth your time.
If you’re reading this, you may be an active person with knee pain. You may be exploring the idea of Botox injections as a way of managing the pain and maintaining your activity level, especially if you’re a runner or cyclist.
You may also be suffering from osteo or rheumatoid arthritis affecting this area. Research into Botox as a pain relief strategy is a growing area which is showing hopeful outcomes for people suffering from arthritis, supported by dramatic clinical findings.
Let’s discuss why you should consider Botox for your knees.
A pharmaceutical formulation of the botulinum toxin (from which Botox is also derived), Dysport is used to treat knee pain via injection in the hip. Again, this may sound counter-intuitive. But consider that many knee problems stem from weakness in the gluteal muscles.
When Dysport is injected into the muscles at the front and sides of the hip, those muscles are relaxed. This forces the gluteus muscles to work harder, strengthening them to relieve pressure on the knees.
When accompanied by a personalized course of physical therapy, Dysport has been proven highly effective in patients suffering from knee pain, with many reporting either greatly reduced pain, or becoming completely pain free.
As reported in the American Journal of Sports Therapy, Dysport therapy for knee pain holds out great hope for people struggling to remain active and pain-free. In a study conducted by Imperial College London and Fortius Clinic, patients who’d tried numerous other therapeutic responses were successfully treated.
69% of participants left the study pain free after only three months of physical therapy, requiring no further clinical intervention.
Why you should consider Botox for your knees.
While Dysport is yet an emerging therapeutic response, Botox is already being used to treat patients with knee pain. Injected directly into the knee, this style of botulinum therapy targets the nerves which trigger pain.
At 43rd Street Medical, we’re encouraged by the results of the Imperial/Fortius study and the hopeful outcomes being seen for various forms of arthritis of the knee, as well. Researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis contend that Botox injections might eventually eliminate the need for arthritis sufferers to use pharmaceuticals. The effects are that dramatic.
The pain specialists at 43rd Street.
43rd Street Medical is a dedicated group of clinicians focused on the relief and management of musculoskeletal pain. Diversified under the rubrics of acupuncture, chiropractic, sports medicine and physical therapy, we offer focused, personalized care.
Contact us for a complementary consultation with one of our clinicians to discuss why you should consider Botox for your knees.