Chronic knee pain explained
Across the US, chronic knee pain is a growing concern. In recent years, the rate of knee replacement surgeries has increased 8 times among those 65 years and older21.
In many cases, especially among older adults, the reason for chronic knee pain is osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Osteoarthritis is the single most common cause of disability in older adults22 and according to the National Institutes of Health, knee osteoarthritis has doubled in the US since the mid-20th century23.
However, there are a number of other conditions—related to the meniscus, patella, and ligaments—that also contribute to the widespread occurrence of chronic knee pain.
AposHealth® as a treatment for knees
Custom-calibrated to sync with your unique body frame and movement patterns, the AposHealth® device redistributes the load away from the painful areas in your knees – offloading the pain. Moreover, the treatment program works around your schedule; all you have to do is wear the device at home, at work or outside, for about an hour a day while going about your regularly scheduled activities.
As you progress, your muscles develop better coordination and healthier movement patterns – resulting in a “carry-over” effect that you enjoy even while not wearing the device.
Clinical research on AposHealth®
AposHealth® is clinically proven42, to improve gait (walking mechanics) and increase walking speed and improve quality of life, function and muscle control and coordination43.
Learn about AposHealth® as a treatment for knee osteoarthritis
The AposHealth® foot-worn device is FDA-cleared for treating knee osteoarthritis, to help temporarily reduce knee pain and improve lower extremity function during activities of daily living.
- Non-invasive treatment
- Ongoing care optimizes results
- Fits into your daily routine
- Improves function and quality of life
- Personalized to your body frame and movement patterns
There is often more than one reason for chronic knee pain, as it is a wide umbrella term. Some of the more commonly used definitions for chronic knee pain include knee osteoarthritis, torn meniscus, chondromalacia patella, patellofemoral syndrome, patellofemoral arthritis, iliotibial band syndrome and knee ligament damage (such as acl, lcl and mcl tears and strains).
Knee conditions can be acute (lasting less than 3 months) or chronic (lasting or recurring for more than 3-6 months). They can also affect different parts of the knee joints and be felt throughout the leg. Problems with joints above and below the knee may also refer to the knee.
Knee pain conditions can often be diagnosed by your physician or physical therapist by carrying out functional tests and discussing your symptoms.
Symptoms associated with chronic knee pain include tenderness, swelling, stiff knee, loss of movement and, of course, pain. These symptoms can be experienced throughout different parts of the knee – on the inside (medial knee pain), outside (lateral knee pain) or on both sides (bilateral knee pain) – and the pain can be present both at rest and during activity. Chronic knee pain can affect people of every age group.
The knee joints are complex, so multiple factors can harm them and the surrounding soft tissues. These include wear-and-tear from aging, overuse, excessive flexibility, bad knee alignment, weak muscles and injury.
Risk factors that can increase a person’s chances for developing knee pain include obesity, genetics, gender (women are more likely to develop OA), overuse of the joint due to work or sports and previous joint trauma.
right for me?
Generally, the AposHealth® treatment is not suitable for individuals who:
- Have unexplained recurrent falls
- Experience balance problems (that require using a walking aid indoors)
- Suffer from especially severe osteoporosis
Otherwise, you are likely to be a good candidate for AposHealth®.
of patients would recommend AposHealth® to friends and family1
of candidates for surgery said they expected to delay or avoid surgery based on the initial results of AposHealth®2
reduction in OTC painkiller consumption while using AposHealth® compared to a control group among 58 patients with knee osteoarthritis3
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