They should help. Depending on the extent of the injury the pain is likely from inflamed tissues. The AIs will help calm things down. Pain pills act faster, but only mask the effect. The AI may be slower, but can give better relief for longer time with no opiads.View Thread
I hit submit too soon. I meant to close with many times we get better, but don't follow through to complete our healing. This can come back to haunt us as the underlying problem lays in wait and then we have that all too familiar...I was just lifting this thing and I turned and then pop and whoa!!! I haven't been able to work since!
Dear Vleeism, The underlying pathology will still be present. I would encourage you to keep a log of your pain and symptoms. This will keep your message clear when you review your results with your doctor.
I think common sense should apply to your activities, you should try to remain active as long as it doesn't cause increasing pain.
I also found the passive act of reading about my body to be relaxing as I sat reading. The learning about the anatomy has been a powerful tool in the fight against mystery pain and the anxiety associated with it.
There's much to be positive about and were are in a time of great medical ability. However, we can not benefit from the best medicine if we don't follow our doctor's advice.View Thread
I'm not sure about knees, but I think it applies. There's another procedure having success called PRP. PRP is platelet rich plasma in which they draw your own blood and spin down to enriched it. Then it's injected into the affected area acting as an antagonist and starting the bodies natural healing process.
This concept goes back to the civil war era and is also the concept behind Prolo therapy. Tissues such as ligaments have almost no blood flow and a limited healing process. Once the initial healing stops were often left with less than satisfactory results. An antagonist is used to signal the body that the site is injured thus starting the healing cycle again.
Of course the amount of healing is limited like any procedure, but I can say firsthand that it worked wonders on my left elbow. I was getting annual steroids injected in my elbow to calm the tendinitis. A few years ago my orthopedic surgeon recommended PRP and my elbow hasn't bothered me since.
I'm not sure if this will help you, but it's my two cents effort to add something. PRP was covered by my health insurance which at the time was BCBS. You should be able to find an orthopedic in your area that performs this procedure.
You mentioned your weight and I say this as a motivator as you already are working on the solution. Every pound of weight you carry on your body places ten pounds of stress on your spine.
As Dave said, everyone of us and each injury is unique. In my case I've had great success with steroid shots in my lumbar region.
It really depends on the extent of the injury, your body's healing ability, your treatment regime and your mindset.
The disc annuals is a very course fiber material with no blood flow and does not really heal, but that doesn't mean you can't be pain free. After the wide use of MRIs it was found that disc herniations are more common than you would think. Some fifty percent of these present with no pain.View Thread