Knee pain is a common complaint that causes individuals to seek medical care It interferes with daily living and quality of life. Often times, people start self-medicating, with NSAIDs (Ibuprofen), which increases degeneration by reducing the body’s ability to regenerate new cartilage. Prescription drugs can also worsen the knee damage, due to masking the symptoms Most people think their knee pain is only a knee issue. In fact, many doctors will only look at and treat the knee, but this can be damaging for the patient’s progress and outcome, as knee pain is usually much more involved systemically.
Dr. Pedro Orta sees many patients that have acute or chronic knee pain. Whether it’s from injury or degenerative joint disease, his plan of action is much more involved, and he looks to get to the root cause of the individual’s pain, and to help his patients avoid surgery if possible.
Dr. Pedro Orta sees many patients that have acute or chronic knee pain. Whether it’s from injury or degenerative joint disease or a failed surgery, his plan of action is much more involved and gets to the root cause of the individual’s pain.
Dr. Orta explains, “Most patients present with x-rays, MRIs, or other imaging tests. I use those to evaluate their pain along with multiple tests that look at the actual mechanics of their knee and surrounding areas. Our bodies work synergistically, so just because you have pain in a specific area doesn’t mean that’s where the problem originated.
“I do a full evaluation and look at the nerve supply from the spine down. I also test the function of muscles that connect from the hip/pelvis to the knee, as well as from the knee to the ankle/foot region. So, I check from the front to the back and top to bottom of the leg. I look to reset the function of muscles and reengage those muscles into proper form and function, as well as approaching from a nutritional perspective to increase optimal joint function.
“Once the cause of the pain is established, I use a multifactorial approach to assist the body in regeneration. One method is through shockwave. Shockwave is an acoustic/sound wave that carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic, and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons, and other soft tissues.1 Acoustic waves with high energy peak used in Shockwave therapy interact with tissue causing overall medical effects of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration.1
It breaks up calcium, adhesions, reduces inflammation, induces blood vessel formation, and releases trigger points. A Russian study purported that In 95% cases shockwave therapy decreases the painful syndrome and also improves the function of knee joints.2
“I also use customized orthotics from Sole Supports™, which are custom made for a patient to fit them perfectly via foot mold. MASS (Maximum Arch Support System) Posture Theory is used not to simply support weightbearing, but rather to calibrate the way the foot arch, position and posture work together. We walk around all day on hard surfaces, which cause our feet to collapse and cause knee joint shearing. This shearing then causes our IT (iliotibial) band and other muscles and tissues in the leg to tighten, and it affects the hips, back, neck, and shoulders.
Laser Therapy and Myofascial Release
“We also use class IV deep laser therapy, which encourages the regeneration of the tissues. This therapy allows the body to naturally heal itself by utilizing light energy, which stimulates deep tissue penetration, reduce inflammation, increase protein synthesis, increase ATP energy, and increases DNA replication. Laser and LED Light Therapy consists of a light-emitting device that can be utilized on many different parts of the body. Laser Therapy has been utilized for a number of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, and sprains. The number of conditions that have been notably increased in the usage of this therapy includes wound management, shoulder and neck injuries, muscle and joint pain, as well as a long list of others. We also use deep myofascial release techniques, which is applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue. It reduces pain, alleviates tension, and improves motion.
“With Biokinetic Reset we test different muscles that connect to the knee. It will show any weakening in the muscles, and then we can treat the area by activating the brainstem. The brainstem is stimulated to reset the brain’s function and the communication with the area being treated. I recently saw a female patient that had suffered from foot drop for the past 30 years due to an accident. Her leg flopped when she walked due to this horrific injury and changed the way she walked for 30 years. After two weeks of Biokinetic Reset therapy, she started to regain her normal gait. Her trauma ‘blew the fuse’ in her brain and leg/foot communication. Biokinetic Reset is helping her muscles to remember how to connect. She is walking heel to toe.
“We also use PEMF, which is specially designed electromagnetic impulses, called Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy, are vital for the cell’s ability to produce more energy and to maintain or regenerate to a healthy state. The human body contains approximately 100 trillion cells. Each of these cells relies on energy and ATP to correctly metabolize, communicate with other cells, and keep organs and tissues in a healthy state. Proper functioning and flow of oxygen and nutrients is key to keeping our cells vital. When these areas are inhibited, that’s when fatigue, disorders, depleted immune systems, pain, and disease form in our bodies. PEMF helps to regenerate the tissues.
“Many patients have tried stem cells, which is fantastic, but it’s an added benefit if done in combination with other therapies like those I’ve mentioned. The body responds best to multiple therapeutic treatments to reach optimal results. We incorporate nutritional and structural care to get to the root cause, and we see a very high number of cases that have remarkable results from our protocols.
“It’s important for patients to know that there are alternative therapies that can help them with multiple conditions. You don’t always need surgery, and you certainly do not need drugs that merely mask symptoms. We focus on finding the root cause and then implementing a strategic plan to help our patients heal and regenerate their bodies comprehensively.”
Dr Pedro A. Orta, D.C. is a wholistic chiropractor at Healthy Living Natural Health & Pain Management Center in Ocala, FL. He has been in practice for 25 years. He practices and has a passion for natural, holistic, functional and regenerative medicine to help you regain & maintain your health. Whether you are struggling with neck or back pain, headache or migraines, fibromyalgia, arthritis, degenerative conditions, knee or hip pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel or any other health condition, they are here to help you find optimal health.
IF YOU ARE SEEKING A BETTER WAY TO HEALTH, CONTACT DR. ORTA’S OFFICE TODAY AT (352) 732-9355.
Healthy Living – Natural Health and Pain Management
1323 East Silver Springs Boulevard
Ocala, FL 34470
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