Fixes for Your Knee Pain without Surgery Testifies Dr. Oz about His Own Knee Pain
How many of us have friends or someone we know who has had knee pain treated with knee surgery? Were they better off afterwards? A new study and testimony by Dr. Oz on his own knee pain reveals that 3 treatments for your knee pain without surgery is the real solution for literally millions of people who suffer from knee pain.
“It’s one of the most common conditions that may be the cause of your serious knee pain. But what if I told you that the number one treatment for this injury is no better at relieving any pain than a fake operation,” poses Dr. Oz as he tells viewers about his knee pain and what he discovered.
Dr. Oz explains to viewers that a common source of knee pain originates from the small region of cartilage called the meniscus that is part of the knee between the upper and lower leg bones. When a small tear develops in the meniscus it can cause sensations of shooting pain in the knee and throughout the leg that can range from just being an occasional nuisance to becoming a debilitating injury.
“If this material [the cartilage] gets injured because you hyperextended your knee or bent your knee from one side to the other, you can get little tears here,” says Dr. Oz who adds that the job of the meniscus is to act as a cushion in the knee between the upper and lower leg bones.
However, with aging, injury, overuse or disease, the cartilage becomes increasingly fragile that can then become frayed and worn out and lose its cushioning effect. When that happens, bone rubs against bone in the knee causing an ulceration to form on the bone and manifest as serious pain.
But in many cases before you get to the point where bone meets bone, the cartilage tears into flaps that can make contact with the bone where it should not, and wind up being the cause of your pain.
So what’s the solution to your knee pain if this is happening to you? Most people go to a surgeon to have knee surgery done. But not Dr. Oz! Dr. Oz tells viewers that he has had severe knee pain in the past and after watching one being done decided that this was not the way to have his knee problems solved.
Dr. Oz reveals that a study was done where knee patients were told that they had undergo knee surgery—but did not receive the actual surgery—to determine whether surgery was really helping with their knee pain issues or if it was more of a placebo effect.
“The results were stunning to us all,” says Dr. Oz.
With Dr. Oz is special guest Lisa Gemmel, Clinical Director of Brill Physical Therapy, who explains that what was discovered in the comparison between knee surgery patients who got the actual surgery and those who got the fake surgery is that the fake surgery patients had the same exact results as the patients who got surgery.
“That’s why I didn’t have my procedure. Because when I saw how crazy this procedure looked, I thought, is that really going to work for me?! And experts are predicting that the number of these surgeries is going to be cut in half…The reality is that physical therapy is what we need for our knees when we have pain,” says Dr. Oz.
To help people deal with their knee pain non-surgically, Ms. Gemmel and Dr. Oz tell viewers that they need to first try the following 3 exercises to stabilize and strengthen the knees for people who want to prevent a knee injury and for those who already have knee problems:
Knee Strengthening Exercise #1: Do the clam
To perform this exercise to strengthen the gluteal muscles that play an important role in knee health, lie on your side resting on your elbow with your knees bent and your ankles together. Then, open your legs at the knees pivoting on your ankles so that your legs open and close in a clam shell-like fashion. Do 15 reps holding the calm shell open for a count of 3-5 seconds each time.
Knee Strengthening Exercise #2: Straight leg raises
This exercise strengthens the muscles on the front of the thighs that also helps support the knees. To perform this exercise start by sitting on your backside holding your upper body up by resting on your elbows. Have one leg with the foot planted and the knee bent up. The other leg is stretched out straight with toes pointed up. Raise the stretched out leg 6-10 inches and hold for 2 counts and then lower the leg. Do 15 reps and repeat with other leg. If this becomes too easy, you can prop yourself up on your hands to make this exercise more taxing.
Knee Strengthening Exercise #3: The ballet move
This exercise works on the arches of the feet, which also helps support the knees. To perform this exercise, start by standing up straight with heels together and then lift yourself up on your toes keeping your heels together. Hold for a count of 6 and do 15 reps.
“I did these kinds of activities when I hurt my knee, and I never had the operation, and I can do anything I want to do now―and I am not alone. I think that this is an opportunity that many of us can have if we are limping around,” says Dr. Oz.