I frequently get questions about knee injections and the main question I get about them is, “Why Knee Injections Don’t Work To Get My Knee Out Of Pain?”
I’m talking about injections like:
– And many other proprietary shots to help with knee pain…
The feedback I get from knee pain sufferers range from
1.) The injection made my pain better for a while but my knee pain came back
2.) The injection made my knee pain worse
3.) The injection did nothing for my knee pain
The results are going to vary depending on the type of injection and what the goal is.
For the most part, and correct me if I’m wrong is you want the pain to go away, right?
It’s important to make sure to understand the cause and effect component of knee pain.
The cause of ALL knee pain is irritated nerves!
The effect is your experience of knee pain
With this in mind let’s look at the 3 different type of results and see what might be going on with each type of result.
1.) The injection made my pain better for a while but the knee pain came back – In each case this happens the injection contained some sort of “numbing agent” designed to numb the knee pain. The strategy with this type of injection is if your knee/body doesn’t feel the pain for a little bit, there might be a chance that your knee could heal in the mean time. Unfortunately, many times the underlying cause of the nerve irritation in the knee is not addressed so when the injection wears off the pain comes back.
2.) The injection made my knee pain worse – In this case as the doctor was sticking the needle into your knee, they hit the painful nerve or another nerve in the knee causing more pain. This is unfortunate however an inevitable “hazard” of trying to eliminate the pain with this strategy.
3.) The injection did nothing for my knee pain – Many times injections have no effect what-so-ever on knee pain. Primarily because the injection is trying to “mask” the pain or give the body something it no longer is providing for itself to heal.
In all of these cases the cause of the knee pain is the same. The nerves in the knee are being irritated. However, the injection is not addressing the effect of the knee pain. At best the injection is “hoping” that the effect of the knee pain will be different.
In all cases the knee is given a “crutch” in the form of the injection and not being “taught” how to heal itself. At best a temporary solution and at worst it makes the knee hurt worse.
Getting an injection for the knee is not necessarily a bad thing as long as it is part of a bigger long-term wholistic strategy to heal the knee and keep it out of pain. Without the bigger long-term strategy knee pain, given enough time will eventually lead to arthritis —> bone on bone —> and eventually a knee replacement surgery.
Bill is “The Knee Pain Guru” and “The Best in the World at Eliminating Knee Pain without Drugs, Shots or Surgery.”
He has over 26 years of martial art and body work experience understanding movement and tensions patterns that lead to physical pain.
Bill’s believes the nervous system is the key to the body’s healing and the bridges the gap between what we currently know and the infinite possibilities of what we don’t know the body is capable of. Coupled with comfort this combination creates the shortest distance between a life riddled with pain to a physical life fully mobile and self expressed.
“You can’t think your way out of pain. Pain is not rational and doesn’t care what you think. You must feel your way out of pain through comfort. Through the weeks, months and years of injury and compensation patterns built up in your body limiting your movement and making you feel older than you are.”
His unique ability of identifying the blocks that keep people stuck in pain and skillfully removing them allows for lasting change and a new reality for his clients…