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How to Avoid Surgery for your Chronic Knee Pain

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Nov 10, 2015

You want to be able to keep up with your family, be able to sleep on your side or just walk without pain, but your knee or knees scream at you in pain. Every day is a chore due to your chronic knee pain and you want non-surgical help. I am happy to say I have a solution for you that works and works FAST!

The typical method of dealing with a painful area of the body is focusing the treatment on the painful part of the body with physical therapy, Chiropractic, massage, rehab, etc. If you have tried this focused treatment without success and are left thinking you have no other choices, know that I am writng this article to give you another viewpoint and a non-surgical knee pain option.

Thousands of people have been helped with the methods I am going to explain I have personally helped many people who were desperately looking for a non-surgical solution to their knee pain. It's likely you can be helped too. Of course not everyone is a candidate for the procedures I will outline, but a vast majority of people are suitable candidates.


Did you know that all pain is really felt in the brain and is your body's way of telling you there is a problem that needs help? In fact I'll go so far as to say if you don't take into account the brain's involvement in your knee pain, you won't be able to get rid of your pain. Let me explain.

We have three types of nerves that are important to our discussion and for sake of not getting too technical, I will call them normal sensation nerves, pain nerves and muscle movement nerves.

The way we are "wired" neurologically, our pain nerves are turned off as long as the normal sensation nerves are sending signals about normal sensations to our brain.

Normal sensations can be described as light touch, heat, cold, joint motion, muscle tension, vibration, etc.; basically any sensation that is not painful.

Of course pain nerves  give us the sensation of sharp pain, dull pain, burning pain, aching pain, bone pain, itchy pain, etc. If you have chronic knee pain, you know about all the kinds of pain there can be! You would do just about anything to get rid of the pain - but you don't want to have surgery. You've seen too many people have a bad outcome and you don't want that poor surgical outcome for yourself!

When our pain nerves are active our muscle movement nerves are affected and we have abnormal motion; we limp or have an altered way of moving in an attempt to have less pain. When we are in pain, the muscle movement nerves will cause certain muscles to be weak and other muscles to have too much tension.  The abnormal tension in muscles due to the pain nerves being activated create a viscious cycle that keeps us in pain. The cycle must be broken for us to get any meaningful help for our chronic knee pain. This same mechanism is similar for any other painful condition such as shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, shin splints, etc.

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When I am helping someone with chronic knee pain, I perform the following assessments:

  1. A functional nerve evaluation to measure normal sensation nerve function
  2. A functional muscle evaluation to evaluate what muscles are weak and which are too short
  3. A joint function assessment to determine if the knee joint has lost its ability to have normal end range of motion called joint play.
  4. Evaluation of imaging (either x-ray, CT or MRI) to visualize the extent and nature of any internal knee damage. 
  5. A questionnaire that helps me understand the dietary habits and overall health of the systems of the body (holisitic approach)

Once I have the information from the various assessments, I can then determine the proper course of action for the chronic knee pain sufferer.

The "recipe" I use to help people recover from chronic knee pain is a multi-modal one. This means I layer several treatment strategies that are aimed at helping the various issues I found during the evaluation. Typical methods employed are the following:

        • *Trigenics® Myoneural Special Operation* for the knee. Trigenics® is so effective because it combines three treatment techniques together simultaneously to get a cumulative effect that you would not get performing one at a time. It uses resisted exercise neurology to help reboot your brain to body communication, along with concentrative biofeedback breathing to allow the body to accept the changes and lastly it uses muscle sensor manipulation which opens the door for the rebooting process to occur. The three together combine to create a “software update”. Physical, chemical and emotional stresses can corrupt our software and create imbalances in the way the brain talks to the body. While most people work on the body, we work on the brain for results that are both immediate and sustainable.

        • Cutting Edge MLS M6 Robotic LASER. The MLS laser is a Class IV laser capable of producing the energy needed to achieve a therapeutic dose of laser energy for superficial as well as deep tissues. In addition, it also has a patented technology called "Multi-wave Lock System" which enables less scatter for deep tissue treatment. The M6 Robotic MLS Laser also helps minimize human error by robotically applying the individualized correct therapeutic dosage needed for each patient. During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health. Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates the healing process and decreases inflammation, pain and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic pain Class IV Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results. There are studies that show that laser helps cartilage to regenerate. [1], [2], [3]

        • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF). PEMF is an electro-magnetic field applied to a painful or dysfunctional area of the body. What makes this therapy so powerful is two things: the strength of the magnetic field generated by the machine; and the pulsating of the field around the part of the body that is not functioning properly. PEMF works by re-energizing damaged cells via inducement of electrical changes within the cell that restore it to its normal healthy state. It improves the ability of the membrane of the cell to allow the oxygen, water and nutrients it needs into the cell…and allows the metabolic wastes to exit the cell in a normal manner. The pulsing action of the PEMF literally “exercises” the cells that are exposed to the magnetic field and allows them to normalize. There are also studies that show that PEMF helps cartilage to regenerate. [4], [5]

        • Dietary and neutriceutical support to diminish inflammation and support tissue healing. Fortunately there are many foods and nutrients that are known to decrease inflammation in our bodies. I advise all of my patients with chronic health challenges, including knee pain, to make appropriate changes in their diet and to take advantage of known nutrients that help quench inflammation. A helpful article on the subject can be found here. [6]

        • Specific joint manipulation to reduce of eliminate loss of joint play[7] There are three movements within a joint: active, passive, and joint play. A well-esteemed medical researcher and clinician by the name of Dr. John Mennell taught the importance of proper joint function, particularly joint play, and how it relates to proper joint function,  According to Dr. John Mennell's research, joint play occurs within the paraphysiological space (the last bit of normal movement beyond passive movement) within a joint. Joint play is the small amount of normal motion a joint needs to have in order to move without triggering pain nerves to fire. Without this normal joint play, nutrients cannot be exchanged, thus, degeneration occurs.  According to Dr. Mennell, "Voluntary movements cannot be achieved unless certain well-defined movements of joint play are present. Movements of joint play are independent of the action of voluntary muscles. These joint play movements are very small but precise in range; it is upon their integrity that the easy, painless performance of movements in the voluntary range depends. Their integrity, not their range, is the basis of their importance. It is the summation of movements of joint play and movement in the voluntary range that make up the movement of the living anatomy."[8]The following are a few basic truths about joint play from Dr. Mennell's work: 

          1. When a joint is not free to move, the muscles that move it are not free to move.  
          2. Muscles cannot be restored to normal if the joint which they move is not free to move.  
          3. Normal muscle function is dependent on normal joint movement. 
          4. Impaired muscle function perpetuates and may cause deterioration in abnormal joints. 

          "The primary fault usually lies in synovial joints which make up joint play. And if the primary fault can be corrected, the secondary abnormalities resulting from it can usually be readily corrected too."[9]

Hopefully now you can understand why I am so excited about the process we use to help chronic knee pain patients achieve resolution to their knee pain without resorting to surgery. Of course,  there are patients who have accumulated enough knee damage that their only recourse is surgery, but millions of people can benefit from this research validated and clinically proven method. 

Don't keep this information a secret. Tell your friends and family that there is a solid non-surgical answer for chronic knee pain. Send them to www.ChronicKneePainHelp.com today. To see video testimonials check out this page.

I Would Like To See If You Can Help My Knee Pain

*The trademark Trigenics® is owned by the International Institute of Trigenics® Inc.  Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition is a licensee of the trademark

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look at the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets. If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical management. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!



1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15523898

2. http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/plm.2014.3.issue-3/plm-2013-0063/plm-2013-0063.xml

3. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02763980

4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3014486/

5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24501089

6. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/02/anti-inflammatory-foods-herbs-spices.aspx 

7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2565620/

8. Mennell, John. Joint Pain, Little Brown and Company, 1983



Topics: inflammation, knee pain, MLS Laser, Chronic Knee Pain,, Trigenics, PEMF, non-surgical knee pain help

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