Knee Pain Relief Without Surgery – WPLG ABC Miami Healthcast
- At any given time it's estimated one out of five Americans suffer from debilitating knee pain. In today's HealthCast, Local 10's medical specialist, Kristi Krueger shows us how a South Florida surgeon has come up with a way of easing the pain without going under the knife. - [Voiceover] You wouldn't know it to look at him today but seven years ago Ken Kaleel tore the ligaments in his right knee.
Doctors told him he'd need surgery but he resisted. - It became more of a problem to the point where I was giving in on the surgery. - So many people have knee problems and everyone wants to feel better but really people don't want surgery, and I myself, I mean, I try and treat all my patients like family, and I always say surgery is the last resort. - [Voiceover] To help people delay or even avoid that last resort, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gregory Martin, created a kit. He calls it the "Systems4Knees". - The goal of the system is to help people help themselves have healthier knees and happier knees. - [Voiceover] It starts with nutritional support, daily doses of glucosamine sulfate combined with other ingredients to ease inflammation and pain.
- The goal of glucosamine is to support cartilage health and function. - [Voiceover] A topical gel also soothes the sore knees while a compression garment offers much needed support. And then, there's the physical component. - We designed an exercise program that people can implement in their life in 10 to 15 minutes a day. That will start to strengthen the knee, enhance flexibility, mobility. - [Voiceover] Three months into the program, Ken says the pain and swelling in his knee has gone down significantly. - [Ken] I'm playing tennis and doing the things that I enjoy doing and that's huge.
That's huge for me. - And you know, more and more studies are showing that a conservative course of care can really work just as well, and in some cases, even better than actually going through surgery. If you do wind up needing surgical intervention though, that system can even help improve the outcome of your surgery. In the newsroom with your HealthCast, I'm Kristi Krueger, Local 10 News.
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