As a San Diego orthopedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the knee, I am constantly scouring the medical literature for new approaches that might help my patients achieve lasting relief.
This recent study was picked up by national media outlets because of its unexpected conclusion: BOTOX, that mainstay of cosmetic care, has now been shown to help many patients who suffer with the chronic pain of runner’s knee, a condition known as lateral patellofemoral overload syndrome, or LPOS:
According to the investigators, two-thirds (69 percent) of the patients required no further treatment and were free of pain when assessed five years after the injection into the hip muscle.
I have written before about the connection between hip and knee pain, and especially how treating one can often relieve pain in the other. This study reinforces that link, and offers some hope for better pain relief for many active patients whose knee pain has resisted other therapies.
If you want to find lasting expert care for knee pain in San Diego, contact Dr. WIlliam Holland at AOSM, the center for American Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.