Knee Pain to be addressed by the Center for Specialty Care
Jay Grabinoski, right, was sidelined from officiating high school football last year due to knee pain and stiffness. The OsteoArthritis program at Center for Specialty Care put Grabinoski back on the field within one week. Jay is pictured with Athletic Trainer Brant Boekelman who assisted Jay with his recovery.
A new procedure at the Center for Specialty Care in Fairmont, Minnesota may be just what the doctor ordered for individuals struggling with knee pain.
The OsteoArthritis program is designed for persons experiencing stiff knees, knee joint pain and/or grinding, knee joint pain with changes in weather, knee pain requiring over the counter medication, and decreased activity due to knee pain. Symptoms typically are worse in the morning or at the end of the day.
The program requires eight weeks of physical therapy in conjunction with Hyaluronic Acid injections, which are administered in the knee over a period of five consecutive weeks. A specialized knee brace is also part of the program.
What sets this program at the Center for Specialty Care apart from other programs is a specialized xray machine that, when used with a dye injected into the knee, pin-points the knee joint. According to athletic trainer at Center for Specialty Care Brant Boekelman, one-third of all knee injections given without xray or ultrasound guidance miss the knee joint.
Hyaluronic Acid is FDA approved and bonds with the joint fluid naturally to create a lubricating and cushioning layer in the knee. Reducing pain, inflammation and swelling of the joint, allowing the patient to enjoy everyday activities. The injections can be given every six months and there is no limit on how many times a patient can go through the program.
The OsteoArthritis Program is covered by Medicare® and most major insurance programs and the staff at Specialty Care will take care of the recertification process.
This non-surgical approach can have positive effects on persons with knee pain. The patient should regain normal knee function, restoring their lifestyle, and allowing them to return to the life they had given up on.
In 2015 the Center for Specialty Care performed the OsteoArthritis Program on eighty patients, with only eight of the patients ultimately needing knee replacement surgery.
Presentations on the OsteoArthritis Progam will take place at Heritage Town Center in Buffalo Center on Thursday, November 3 from 12 noon – 1 p.m., Armstrong Community Center from 12 noon- 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 10 and at Main Street Manor in Swea City from 12 noon – 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 17.
Anyone having additional questions or wanting to schedule an appointment should call the Center for Specialty Care at (507) 238-3383.
Reprinted with permission from the Armstrong Journal. Published October 26, 2016
$20 Sports Physicals
All area high school athletes who need a sports physical for the 2016-2017 school year are invited to the Center for Specialty Care on Thursday, August 4 between 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. If this time does not work for you, just call the Center for Specialty Care at (507) 238-4949 to schedule an appointment.
The fee for sports physicals is $20. It gets better. Half of your fee is donated back to your school’s athletic department.
Important Details: Download the Registration Form and MSHL Sports Qualifying Form or the Iowa Athletic Pre-Participation Form below. These forms are required and must have a parent/guardian signature. Your $20 cash payment is also due at the time of your physical.
Healthy snacks will be provided on Thursday, August 4th between 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for students waiting for their physical.
If you have any questions, please call (507) 238-4949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org