... stared when she was 9 and gotten progressively worse over years. she has done years of pt, and had a patella release nothing has help and she has chronic pain. Her orthopedic recommends realignment surgery. Took her second opinion and this doc recommends 3 reflexes injections in one knee only. Then follow up in one year. I have read negative reviews on both treatments and don't know which road to take.
It sounds like she's tried the conservative things. It has to be hard to make a decision of any kind with your child. I would say get a 3rd opinion and do whatever 2 of3 say, but if you have the luck I do, you'd get a 3rd treatment recommended. What does your daughter want to try?
I'm sorry to hear your daughter is going through all this, especially at such a young age.
I had a car accident at 16, injured my knee, and then arthritis set in. Prior to having a total knee replacement 3 yrs ago, I've had 6 arthoscopic surgeries and received the 3 injections on 3 different occasions. I hope you understand that this is just my personal opinion, based on my experiences. I would recommend that your daughter have the injections. They will inject an almost gel-like fluid into the joint which acts as a cushion. The first time I had the injections, the relief from the pain that I had suffered from daily was amazing and lasted for about a year. The second set of injections provided about the same relief, but lasted only about six months. The third set provided relief, but lasted a little less than 3 months. However, you have to understand that I had severe, degenerative arthritis in my knee and nothing was going to stop the progression of the disease. The shots not only brought me time off from surgeries, but provided me with a level of relief that previous surgeries had not. I won't lie to you, the injections themselves are not fun. But most doctors have a numbing spray in the office that will help tremendously. She'll get one injection a week for three consecutive weeks and then she's done. To me, the relief was well worth any discomfort caused by the injection itself. But like I said, this is just my opinion. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions that either of you may have. I hope this helps you. Feel free to let me know if I can help you any further.
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