Knee pain is a both a common complaint and complicated to determine its cause. The pain may result from medical conditions, an injury or a misalignment (mechanical problems). Most of us endure this discomfort until it becomes unbearable but then we must make a decision of what to do next.
I’m not a physician, chiropractor, physical therapist or even an alternative health care provider so take this article with a grain of salt. However, one may obtain relief, not necessarily a cure, by following the acronym RICE; Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
REST: Stop or take a break from any activity that causes your pain or soreness.
ICE: Apply ice packs for 10 to 20 minutes, three or more times a day. After 48 to 72 hours, if swelling is gone, apply heat and begin gentle exercise with the aid of moist heat to help restore and maintain flexibility.
COMPRESSION: Wrapping the injured or sore area with an elastic bandage will help decrease swelling.
ELEVATE: Try to keep the injured or sore area on a pillow anytime you are sitting or lying down.
Some people have had moderate success with a chondroitin and glucosamine supplement, others have received cortisone shots, others have changed to an anti-inflammatory diet, and some have obtained relief with chiropractic adjustments. However the main thing one should want to do is locate the source of their knee pain. Some discover the knee is not the root cause at all. Sometimes the pain is a result of a hip issue causing one to change their gait.
Recently I spoke with two ladies that had stem cell surgery to regenerate the cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and other tissue in their knees. I had not heard of it before and became fascinated with the concept and thought others might be interested as well.
This procedure has been done in other countries before reaching the US, but it has been in the US for more than ten years. Locally Dr. Steine of Cincinnati has been doing this procedure since 2007. The FDA has not approved the procedure because it uses the patient’s stem cells harvested from the bone marrow and fat tissue (there are no drugs to approved—and I might add the FDA hates that and is fighting the matter). Our stem cells act as repairmen for the body, but as we age we often don’t have a large enough concentration of stems cells for the body to adequately repair the degenerative cells and promote healing. By harvesting cells and reinjecting them into the damaged area the body can mend itself. This procedure can be used for the knee, hip, shoulder, spine, pelvis, elbow, hand, wrist, foot and ankle as many professional athletes have done.
Currently most medical insurances and Medicare do not cover the procedure but if you are interested you can shop around for prices ranging from $2200 to $5800 for one or both knees. Just google: Regenexx ® or stem cell therapy.
Imagine a procedure utilizing your body to repair itself with no surgery, no general anesthetic, and little or no rehabilitation or downtime.
“Fish Fry-days” are here at all our local restaurants and some of our community organizations such as: the Versailles Eagles offering all-you-can-eat-fish each Friday during Lent from 5 p.m. until gone. The Versailles Vet’s Club offers smelt dinners from 4:30-7 tonight, March 17, March 31, April 7 and April 14. Yorkshire Goat Farmers offers a fish fry from 5-8 p.m. March 17, March 31, and April 14.
March 14, an “open to the public” Health Talk at Cain Chiropractic from 6-6:30 pm.
March 15 (and every Wednesday) is the Community Meal from 5- 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church basement. This is a chance for fellowship and food for the price of a free will offering.
March 16 (and every Thursday) the Versailles Vets Club holds an open to the public Bid Euchre Tournament downstairs at 7 pm. There is a $5 entry fee with opportunities to win a cash prize. Congratulations to last week’s winners Joan Heitkamp (1st) and Fred Broerman (2nd).
March 17, Paint and Canvas night at Versailles Christian Center. For more information, contact May Denlinger at 526-4679.
Birthday wishes to Jeanne Miller, Kelly Trump, Ted Schmitmeyer, Jim Groff, Carol Mescher, Kaleb Petitjean, Skyler Clune, Corbin Johns, Gary Kunk, Jr., Buff Francis, Marlene Bergman, Larry Simmons, Sonja Francis, Vicki Wiltshire, Danielle Kingrey, Dan Seibert, Tom Eilerman, Sarah Cain, Randy Grilliot, Arlene Barton, Craig Vogel, Pat Bergman, Sandy Finkus, Brittany Lecker, Donna Gorrell, Wanda Bailey, Carol Williams, Amanda Reed, Pat Gigandet, Rita Monnin, Craig Francis, Jim Seman, Peggy Borgerding, Katie Borchers, Diane Yakos, Dan Hartzell, Sharon Siders, Amanda Reed, Jane Gantt, Cheryl Francis, Jim Siders and Pastor Dennis Mohler. Happy anniversary wishes to Katie and Jim Knapke, Janice and Urban Tebbe, Jane and Bill Gantt (48). Extending a cheery hello to Pat Showalter, Marilyn Griesdorn, Pastor Wilson and Wanda and Joe Bailey for their always kind words.
Happy retirement wishes to Leo Wehrkamp. Congratulations to the Versailles sports teams, as well as, band and wishing them even greater success!
Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Brian Schwieterman, Bob Fraley, Barb Hart, Connie Ecabert, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Wilma Didier, Anne Cox, Dave Buxton, Doug Bruns, Conrad Phlipot, Jean Castle, Betty Kremer, Vickie Cottrell, Fr. Ned Brown, Lester Bernholt , Connie Stachler, Tony Gehret, Betty Pothast, Sally Tebbe, Dan Roseberry, Denny Grilliot, John Magoto, Sheila Spahr, Madonna McEldowney, Beverly Brown, Linda Kendinger, Mike Hileman, Ralph Gehret, Dave Fullenkamp, Steve Youngker, Harold Langston Sr., Julie Keihl, Joan Magoto, Jeanne Brandon, Ruth Haft, Rosie Pearson, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Sondra Spangler, Mary and Mike Barga, Anabelle Subler, Jeanette Simons, Julia Billenstein, Merilyn Borchers, Lewis Didier, Lewis May, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Levadia Barga, Jack Borgerding, Dan Monnin, Linda Wilson, John Klipstine, Lois Youngker, Barb Goubeaux, David Zumberger, Cyril Frantz, Michelle Ullom, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Barb Agne, Samantha Smith, Brian Voisard, and all those not mentioned by name who are ill, suffering, hospitalized, home-bound and/or in need of our prayers and their caregivers.
Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Larry Shields, Richard Dapore (76), Jim Moody (81), also remembering the lives of Eddie Zimmerman, Jonathan Schutz, Robert Hoying, Leonard Peltier, Orville Borchers, Ellen Peters, Isabella Crotcher, Bernard McEldowney, Mary Cordonnier, Ruth Huddle, Ellery Mangen, Ralph Runner, Kathleen Monnin, Pat Wuebker, Laoma Hixson, Jim Roll, Pete Schulze and all those in our hearts, but not mentioned by name, as the anniversary of their passing nears.
“Pain is the body’s warning signal, ignore it at your peril.” ~C. Edwards
“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food.” Hippocrates
“Surgeons can cut out anything except the cause.” ~Herbert Shelton
“My mother-in-law had a pain beneath her breast…turned out to be a trick knee.” ~Phyllis Diller
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.