Knee Restoration Therapy

... is a non-invasive, nonsurgical procedure in which the bones of the knee are gently and rhythmically separated. This process can result in the improvement of joint spacing and promotes tissue growth in the padding of the knee.  

Nonsurgical Knee Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive, nonsurgical procedure in which the bones of the knee are gently and rhythmically separated. This creates a vacuum effect which promotes tissue growth by increasing oxygen and nutrient absorption, as well as helps to aid the body in decreasing chronic damaging inflammation.

This process also increases joint mobility and can ease or eliminate pain and symptoms, which results in the improvement of joint spacing, and can promote tissue growth in the padding of the knee and elsewhere.  

At our Exclusive Nerve & Disc Centers, we have created an individualized treatment program that is tailored to you and your knee condition through our Nonsurgical Knee Restoration Program (NKRT). 

Research has shown that traction can increase joint mobility, improve blood supply (angiogenesis) and initiate bone growth.  

What Types of Problems Respond Well to Knee Restoration Therapy?

  • Management of Knee Pain
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Ligament Strains, Strains and Tears greater than six weeks
  • Arthritis
  • Knee Joint Degeneration
  • Poor Range of Motion
  • Bakers Cysts
  • Knee Replacements
  • Osteochondritis Desiccants

What Are the Side Effects?

Although most patients find the treatment very relaxing and soothing, some may experience some mild soreness after the first few treatments if the knee degeneration is quite advanced, or if there is substantial scar tissue present. If there is discomfort, it’s usually very slight. 

What Results Can I Expect?

  • Reduction or elimination of pain
  • Increased joint mobility
  • Increased joint function
  • Enhanced cartilage repair

What Can I Expect During a Treatment?

A typical session is 6-10 minutes, depending on the patient’s condition. You will be seated, with your leg extended at a comfortable angle. A strap is used over the upper thigh and an inflatable cuff is used just below the knee to secure the leg. Our therapist will program the equipment with the appropriate settings, depending on your condition. You will feel a repetitive and gentle separation of the knee joint.

What Can I Expect After the Treatment?

Most patients see positive results within the first few treatments. For some, relief and improvement may not happen for a few weeks. There is a small percentage of patients that won’t have a noticeable reduction in symptoms until the end of treatment. Our primary objective is to get to the cause of the problem and not chase the symptoms. The age of the condition as well as the severity of the damage also plays a part in the timing of recovery.   

Your treatment will often be combined with other therapies designed to produce the fastest and most complete recovery possible for your individual condition. The total number of treatments recommended will depend on the severity of your condition, along with your personal treatment goals.

Remember, the tissue in the knee can take three to six, to nine months to fully heal, therefore, the doctor may give you some advice as to how to best support the healing process once you are finished with the initial program.  

Your doctor may recommend a Cold Laser be used on a regular basis to continue the healing process at home.  

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