Trying to find 3 medicare covered alternatives to knee replacement or cortisone injections can be daunting. Never mind whether they actually work or not, but will medicare actually cover them? Here are 3 medicare covered alternatives to knee replacement that do seem to work for most people when it comes to knee problems. So before having your knee replaced, stabbed with a bunch of injections or down a boat load of pain meds, try these three options and see if get better results.
Knee replacements are typically used to treat knees that are bone to bone. Viscosupplementation is a treatment where a natural gel cushioning is injected between the bones. This gel helps to re-lubricate the worn down joint and protect from impacts such as stairs, getting in and out of cars, and other weight bearing activities. It lasts between 6 months to year, is repeatable every 6 months if needed, and because it is natural has very few side effects.
2. De-loading Brace
Most people do not wear joints down evenly; instead one side typically wears out while the other stays healthy. If you look at your knees and they are slightly bowing most likely the inside of the knee is wearing down. A knock-knee appearance suggests the wearing the knees outside. A de-loading brace helps to straighten the knee taking pressure off the damaged side of the joint. A well fitting de-loading brace can make a round of golf, or a walk around the park a much more enjoyable experience.
3. Nerve Therapy
Some patients have nerves of the knee pinched by the worn down knee. When the nerve is pinched it can mask any improvement made by the above treatments. Patients with this problem often sleep with pillow between their knees, have pain on the inner side of their knee, or have additional pain of the leg below the knee. Our therapy uses computers to visualize where the nerve is being compressed and allows us to non-surgically shift the nerve out of the way.
Knee replacement surgery has helped a lot of people and in some cases the best option. Replacement surgery does have significant risks, painful/challenging rehabilitation, and only lasts 10 to 15 years. By utilizing these Non-Surgical Medicare covered treatments allows our patients to get the most out of their natural joints.
As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition