What is Knee Decompression Therapy?
Knee Decompression uses the patented Knee on Trac system to separate the two main bones of the knee joint in order to reduce pain, increase function, and promote tissue healing.
How Does Knee on Trac Therapy Work?
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.
Research has shown that traction therapy can increase bone growth (osteogenesis), improve blood supply (angiogenesis), and increase joint mobility (viscoelasticity)
This reduces pain, increases normal motion of the joint, and promotes tissue healing.
Which Conditions Respond Well to Knee Decompression?
- Knee joint degeneration
- Meniscus tears
- Sprains/strains older than 6 weeks
- Oseochondritis dessicans
What Results Can I Expect?
- Reduction of pain
- Increased joint mobility
- Increased joint function
- Enhanced cartilage repair
What Are the Side Effects?
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.
What Can I Expect During a Treatment?
A typical session is 5 to 10 minutes depending on the patient’s condition and need. You will be seated, with your leg extended at a comfortable angle. A strap is used 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.
What Can I Expect After the Treatment?
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. Total number of treatments recommended will depend on the severity of your condition along with your personal treatment goals.
See what some of our local patients are saying!
It feels like a brand new leg. I told my wife I couldn’t believe it doesn’t hurt anymore. A friend of mine just had his replaced and swore he would never do it again. If it wasn’t for seeing the ad in the newspaper I would have never known there was an alternative to a knee replacement.
Thomas Bates, Quincy, MI
I was scheduled for a knee replacement but I canceled it. I didn’t want to go through all the physical therapy afterward especially in the winter time. I was a little skeptical about it (knee decompression) because I never heard of it. I am now 90% better than before I started. I feel if Dr. Awwad tells you that you are a candidate for it you should try it.
Barbara Burgess, Constantine, MI
I had just received a diagnosis from an orthopedic doctor of arthritis (I am not even 40) in my knees and likely the only resolution was a partial knee replacement (soon) or endure the pain as long as possible and wait to eventually have a full knee replacement. After an evaluation and consultation with Dr. Awwad I chose to do the decompression knee therapy and beyond excited I did. It’s been almost 9 months and I have regained function/movement/activities with my knee that I never anticipated I could do without surgery. I am able to walk, do stairs, squat, and crouch down on my knees with no pain. I am forever thankful for this opportunity and care Dr. Awwad and the ladies provided through my knee therapy. If you know someone who is considering surgery please share this story and maybe they too can avoid it.
After suffering a stroke following my knee replacement I knew that I was not going to go through that again with my other knee. I chose knee decompression instead and it allowed me to avoid having my other knee replaced.
Ed Strobel, Centreville, MI
Before I started Knee Decompression I could never get down on my knees. If something fell on the ground it stayed there. The other day I dropped something under the couch and I was on both knees picking it up and realized hey, I can get down on my knees again. The results have been great!
Nancy Hartman, Sturgis, MI
I first walked into the office with a cane. I felt like my knee “catches” and it was going to constantly give out. My doctor told me I needed a knee replacement. I wanted to go a different route. After completing Knee Decompression treatment at Dr. Awwad’s office, I am no longer using a cane. I can walk up and down stairs better. It’s worth a try. He won’t take you unless he can help you. If you are willing to do your part, it is definitely worth your investment! I would also like to add the girls that administered the treatment were very encouraging and helpful. A true blessing!
Pamela Musselman-Carr, Sturgis, MI
I can now get up and down and play with my grandkids on the floor. It’s (knee decompression) a whole lot better than surgery and those Cortisone shots that don’t last and could cause problems.
Sandy Jacobs, Constantine, MI
Before knee decompression, my pain felt like it was “bone on bone” and I felt like I couldn’t hardly walk. My wife has been through both knee operations and I had been with her the whole way. I think this (knee decompression) is the better way to go. I’d say try this first before you go to knee surgery.
Richard Roberts , Colon, MI
I swore I wasn’t going to have another knee replacement. I told my husband I would rather use crutches forever. Then I saw your ad in the Gateway Shopper. After knee decompression I now trust my leg again, and that’s a biggy. If I had known at the time that knee decompression was an option, I would have done it before my first replacement. I would say if you are considering knee surgery, try this first, no question.
Elane Spencer, Sturgis, MI
I had to use the motor cart at the grocery store and that was pretty sad for me. I assumed that the only option was surgery. I knew people that went through knee surgery and I knew that I did not want to go through that. Then I seen the article in the Gateway Shopper and I thought that’s probably worth a try to see what that entails. I can now go through the grocery store without any trouble. I can now go on with my daily life. I think this (knee decompression) is well worth the try to avoid surgery.
Deborah Camburn, Sturgis, MI
Before Knee decompression I couldn’t walk 300yds. Now I can walk 3 miles on the beach. I could have never done that before.
Judy Mitchell, Mendon, MI
When I went in, I was in a lot of pain. My mobility was limited. After the 20 treatments I had hardly no pain my range of motion had greatly improved. This was definitely better than going through knee surgery. I would highly recommend knee decompression treatments over surgery.
I wanted to avoid knee surgery because I was concerned about the anesthesia and recovery time. With this program there was no pain involved, very gentle. I had a very positive experience. The relief has been tremendous.
Alice Wilson, Sturgis, MI
I went through a knee replacement on my right knee and it was the most painful thing I ever went through. The knee pain never improved. Soon after my right knee was replaced the left knee starting hurting. I completed my knee decompression program at Dr. Awwad’s office on my left knee and not only did my left knee improve, my right knee has finally started to feel better as well! My walking has improved and I no longer have to rely on using a cart at the grocery store .
Patricia Conolly, Kalamazoo, MI
I showed up for my initial consultation with a cane I have been relying on and off for about 6 years.. After one week of treatment, I no longer had to rely on the cane anymore.
Lila Curtiss, Sturgis, MI