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Knee Trac© Mechanical Decompression


What is Knee Decompression Therapy?

Knee Decompression uses the patented Knee on Trac system to separate the two main bones of the knee joint in order to reduce pain, increase function, and promote tissue healing.

How Does Knee on Trac Therapy Work?

By gently separating the joint space between the bottom of the femur (thigh bone) and the top of the tibia (shin bone) we can create a vacuum effect inside the knee joint which brings more nutrient rich fluid to the area. This also stretches the tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue around the joint. This combined effect helps to re-establish some of the natural joint space and cushioning in the knee.

Research has shown that traction therapy can increase bone growth (osteogenesis), improve blood supply (angiogenesis), and increase joint mobility (viscoelasticity)

This reduces pain, increases normal motion of the joint, and promotes tissue healing.

Which Conditions Respond Well to Knee Decompression?

  • Knee joint degeneration
  • Arthritis
  • Meniscus tears
  • Sprains/strains older than 6 weeks
  • Oseochondritis dessicans

What Results Can I Expect?

  • Reduction of pain
  • Increased joint mobility
  • Increased joint function
  • Enhanced cartilage repair
Knee Trac© Mechanical Decompression

What Are the Side Effects?

Some patients experience some mild soreness after the first few treatments if the degeneration in the knee joint is very advanced or lots of scar tissue is present.

What Can I Expect During a Treatment?

A typical session is 5 to 10 minutes depending on the patient’s condition and need. 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 then program the Knee on Trac equipment with the appropriate settings depending on your condition. You will feel a gentle separation of the knee joint.

What Can I Expect After the Treatment?

Most patients see positive results in the first few treatments. Your treatment will often be combined with other therapies designed to produce the fastest and most complete recovery possible for your individual condition. Total number of treatments recommended will depend on the severity of your condition along with your personal treatment goals.

Knee Trac© Mechanical Decompression

References:

Vaishali Jagtap MPT, S. Shanmugam MPT, Effect of Mechanical Traction in Osteoarthritis Knee. International Journal of Science and Research. October 2014; International Journal of Science and Research. Volume 3 Issue 10: pg 440-443

Tiku M.L., Sabaawy H.E. Cartilage regeneration for treatment of osteoarthritis: a paradigm for nonsurgical intervention. Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease. 2015;7(3):76-87. doi: 10.1177/1759720X15576866.

Van Valburg A.A., Van Roermund P.M., Marijnissen A.C.A., Wenting M.J.G., Verbout A.J., Lafeber F.P.J.G., Bijlsma J.W.J. Joint distraction in treatment of osteoarthritis (II): Effects on cartilage in a canine model. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2000; 8 (1) , pp. 1-8.

Meghana R Pandya, Megha S Sheth. Effect of mechanical traction on pain and function in subjects with osteoarthritis knee. International Journal of Physiotherapy and Research, 2017, Vol 5 (4): 2198-02

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*Our two visit guarantee refers to our office policy, that if for any reason you do not see noticeable improvement in either your pain, function, or range of motion within the first two demo treatment sessions we will not take you on as a patient or recommend any further care in our office. We estimate our success rate is around 90% within one visit, so it is very rare that we have a patient not see improvement by the end of their 2nd treatment.

*The initial start up fee fee is based on an exam charge of $100 plus one set of x-rays if necessary at $65. If you elect to use health insurance the portion you pay may be lower than advertised. A report of findings is included in this exam charge. If our doctors feel that you do not need x-rays or x-rays of more than one body area are necessary, your cost may be different than that advertised. The two trial treatment sessions are for diagnostic purposes only and are included as part of the exam fee, therefore they will not be billed as a separate service. The trial treatment sessions will consist of one or more treatment options that our doctors think you will respond best to, delivered on two separate days. These prices are subject to change. All state and federal insurance and health care regulations and laws will be followed at all times by our clinic and staff.

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