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Using Hyaluronic Acid for Knee Pain

by Dr Brent Wells DC(more info)

listed in chiropractic, originally published in issue 290 - November 2023


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Painful, swollen knees that barely bend? We can help!

Issues in the knees can affect anyone - old or young. Depending upon the severity, knee problems can impact almost every aspect of your life. It may start simply - just a little creakiness in the joints with a hint of pain - but it can quickly escalate to a severely debilitating problem.

So, if walking becomes a problem, kneeling down to tie your shoes impossible, or just straightening your legs a near-nightmare … then it's time to do something about your knees. Fortunately, you have options.

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Like most musculoskeletal conditions, it’s usually best to start with conservative therapies like chiropractic care, physical therapy, and massage therapy. These will likely incorporate a variety of modalities from heat and ice therapy to a physical brace to other conservative methods.

We, here at Better Health Alaska. however, now offer a 12 Point Knee Renewal Program that incorporates all these, plus the latest in non-invasive joint care to specifically treat knees and knee problems.

The program is as follows:

  1. Your Initial Consultation;
  2. A Comprehensive Imaging Session;
  3. Your Complete, Personalized Treatment Plan;
  4. A Modern Durable Take-Home Brace;
  5. Acoustic Wave Therapy;
  6. (If qualified) Our Proprietary Regenerative Medicine Protocol;
  7. (If qualified) Supportive “Cushioning” Therapies, such as Hyaluronic Acid Injections;
  8. Our “Knee Renewal Rehab Protocol”;
  9. Manual Therapy;
  10. Knee-On-Trac Knee Decompression Therapy;
  11. Precision Chiropractic Therapy;
  12. A Customized Aftercare Plan.

Learn more about our 12-Point Knee Renewal Program

12 Point Knee Renewal Program

Do You Suffer from Painful, Stiff Knees?

Incorporating a variety of techniques, protocols, and therapies, we offer a unique fusion of traditional modern biotechnology, physical therapy, and chiropractic care to treat your knee issues and get you back to living your best possible life.

Does something as simple as getting up out of your chair sound excruciating? Many people, as they age, develop knee problems. Whether caused by osteoarthritis or some other condition, problem knees can severely impact your quality of life. But don’t despair. Here at Better Health Alaska, we’ve developed a proprietary 12 Point Knee Renewal Program that has been designed with people like you in mind.


Knee 1


Your Initial Consultation

In-depth examination that allows us to diagnose your condition. It may tell us why your knee is not functioning or, possibly, not healing properly. From there we can map out and plan your treatment options and build a blueprint for the path ahead.


Imaging 2

A Comprehensive Imaging Session

Using X-rays and, if necessary, other imaging technologies (MRIs, diagnostic ultrasound, etc…) we take an internal picture of your knee. This can reveal small details a surface inspection might miss. It gives us a clear picture of the problem area and suggests ways to treat it.


Personalized treatment plan 3

Your Complete, Personalized Treatment Plan

Using the information we’ve obtained from our consultation and our imaging session, we’ll carefully construct a detailed treatment plan tailored for your specific needs. We have a wide array of techniques at our disposal. Here, we decide which ones suit you best.


Take-Home Brace 4

A Modern Durable Take-Home Brace

We supply you with a durable take-home brace fashioned with the latest technology to provide you with biomechanical support and alignment. Once you are fitted with the device, we help you retrain your knee joint and the surrounding muscles, so you don’t fall back on old, damaging habits.


Accoustic Wave therapy 5

Acoustic Wave Therapy

Next, we utilize an innovative cutting-edge tissue regeneration technique. We direct a stream of highly pulsed acoustic waves at the knee and the area around it. This non-invasive Next Generation approach helps heal the bones, tissues, and tendons in the knee. It works by activating stem cells, enhancing blood supply, and encouraging overall health.


Regenerative MEDICINE Protocol 6

Our Proprietary Regenerative MEDICINE Protocol

Incorporating some of the latest advances in natural medicine, this step is designed to regenerate and restore as much of the knee’s natural condition as possible. From there, we can guide the application of bio-technologies such as human cellular tissue implants, PRP injections or even just local anaesthetics to make sure the injections go to the right place.



CUSHIONING” Therapies, such as Hyaluronic Acid injections 7

Supportive “CUSHIONING” Therapies, such as Hyaluronic Acid injections

A common cause of pain and dysfunction in the knee is an absence of a protective, “cushioning” gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid (HA). This material can be replaced with a series of minimally-invasive joint injections. Once injected the HA effectively lubricates the joint and reduces pain.


KNEE RENEWAL Rehab Protocol 8

Our “KNEE RENEWAL Rehab Protocol”

Next, we incorporate a program consisting of a series of smaller sub steps we call our “knee renewal rehab protocol”. These knee-specific movements and exercises run the gamut from simple strengthening exercises to exercises that will reduce pain and improve flexibility.


Manual Therapy 9

Manual Therapy

By strategically applying pressure to the muscles and other tissues around the knee, a trained therapist can moderate pain, increase range of motion, reduce inflammation, and help stimulate repair in the knee itself and in those self-same surrounding tissues.


Knee-On-Trac Knee Decompression Therapy 10

Knee-On-Trac Knee Decompression Therapy

Knee joint decompression is similar to spinal decompression except that it is applied to the knee and not the spine. By using a traction-like technology, the bones of the knee can be gently distracted and realigned to help restore proper joint alignment and spacing.


Precision CHIROPRACTIC Therapy 11

Precision Chiropractic Therapy

In chiropractic therapy a highly-trained chiropractor can apply pressure with his hands to manipulate the position of critical bones that can remove joint stiffness and help positioning of joints that are out of alignment. This can improve posture and reduce pain. In the case of the knee, the manipulated areas generally include the knee itself, and the low back & pelvis.


Customized AFTERCARE PLAN 12


Of course, once you’ve made your gains, you don’t want to lose them. So, at the end of the Program, we map out an aftercare plan. Generally, this consists of ongoing chiropractic care, physical therapy, and at home exercises as needed. These are incorporated into your daily life to keep your knee healthy and strong.

As you can see, this Knee Renewal Program runs the gamut of treatments from chiropractic care to physical therapy and, yes, hyaluronic acid injections and more.

Hyaluronic Acid is the lubricating gel-like fluid that normally serves to cushion, preserve, and lubricate the whole of the joint. It does this, so that the bones and cartilage don’t grind away at each other leading to a host of knee problems from interference when bending or even walking.

Injecting HA directly into the joint serves to replace any HA that has been lost due to age, injury, or other incident. This, in turn, relubricates the joint, reducing inflammation, and eliminating pain.

We currently have at our disposal, three types of HA injections:

  • Euflexxa Injections
  • Orthovisc Injections
  • Supartz Injections

All three of these therapies are based on replacing the deficient Hyaluronic Acid in the knee joint. A thorough exam and history by our medical staff will determine which (or even if) one of these therapies is right for you and your condition.

Another injection at our disposal are local Corticosteroid Injections. Like the others, these are minimally invasive. They also have a track record of success at reducing pain and inflammation so as to allow other therapies (like chiropractic care and PT) to be effectively implemented to address the underlying cause of the condition.

Further Information

So, if you have knee problems like those mentioned above, don’t worry. We, here, at Better Health Alaska can help. Book an appointment today on the website, or give us a call at Tel: 877-346-5255.


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About Dr Brent Wells DC

Dr Brent Wells DC has been a chiropractor for over 20 years. His practice has treated thousands of patients from different health problems using various services designed to help give you long-lasting relief. He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska in 1998.

Dr Wells is also the author of over 700 online health articles that have been featured on sites such as Dr. Axe and Lifehack. He is a proud member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians. And he continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and more. For further information and to schedule an appointment please visit Brent Wells DC at  Better Health Alaska


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