What is Knee Decompression Therapy? Knee Decompression treatments use the patented Knee on the Trac system to separate the two main bones of the knee joint in order to reduce pain, increase function, and promote tissue healing.
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. You'll feel a difference after just one treatment, in most cases.
Acute (brand new, less than 6 weeks) sprains and strains are good candidates for some of the other therapies in our office like PEMF therapy or laser therapy, but not knee decompression. If your knee is still bothering you after 6 weeks, it may be twisted and will likely respond to knee decompression therapy with the Knee on Trac.
Runners in particular will notice relief from meniscal tears following a knee decompression session. Meniscus surgeries often involve removing the meniscus, which will leave long term aches in the knee. Utilizing a more conservative approach will buy you time and help you avoid surgery altogether.
While we cannot treat a complete tear of the lateral or medial collateral ligaments, chronic tears respond well to the "pumping" action the Knee on Trac delivers. Combined with laser therapy and PEMF, patients will seek changes in just a few weeks with the goal of repairing the tear and returning to normal activities.
Some tears will need surgery, but a partial tear can respond favorably to a combination of knee decompression therapy, laser, and PEMF therapy. If your surgeon has told you that you don't need surgery, now's the time to take action to increase healing in the knee and get back to your normal activities.
If you've had a total knee replacement, a common issue is losing the ability to fully extend your knee joint. Patients that have had this surgery will have to wait a year before they can use the Knee on Trac, or until they've been cleared by their surgeon. Improvements to knee range of motion happen quickly with knee decompression.
A Baker's Cyst is fluid-filled cyst behind the knee, and is usually the result of other common knee conditions. Conditions like arthritis or torn cartilage can lead to the knee joint producing too much fluid. Patients respond favorably to decompression and other therapies, as they address the underlying condition that caused the cyst.
Patients with recent fractures, acute ligament injuries, acute meniscus injuries, complete tears of the ACL, PCL, MCL, or LCL. Additionally, blood clots, knee cancer, infections, knee replacements that are less than a year old (or not yet cleared by their doctor), and osteoporosis.
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. The soreness is usually mild and temporary. Most patients feel relief by applying ice following the treatment sessions.
A typical session is 5 to 10 minutes depending on the your condition and need. You will be seated, with your leg extended at a comfortable angle. A strap is placed 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. For most treatment protocols, you will feel the knee pull & separate, and then the tension will release. This will happen repeatedly during the treatment session.
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. The total number of treatments recommended will depend on the severity of the condition along with your personal treatment goals.
Let us find out if you're a good candidate for knee decompression therapy. Schedule a time to speak with one of our doctors today