Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis
The most common knee diagnosis that our doctors treat is osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis (OA) occurs when the protective tissue at the end of a bone (cartilage) begins to wear down. This causes the bones to rub against one another and create significant pain in the joint.
Osteoarthritis occurs primarily because of normal wear-and-tear as you age. However, weight gain, past injuries, genetics, overuse, and lifelong inactivity may increase the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis.
You may have OA if you:
- Feel stiffness in your knee(s) after long periods of rest, especially in the morning when you first wake up
- Notice swelling in your knee after activity
- Feel tenderness or even heat when you touch the aching knee
- Feel grinding or hear creaking or popping sounds upon bending your knee or knees
Partial Knee Replacement
The knee joint is divided into specific areas called “compartments.” If the cartilage damage in your knee has occurred in only one compartment, a partial knee replacement procedure can be performed.
At MCJR, we use the least invasive techniques and specialized instruments available. Through x-rays and examination, we will help you decide if this surgery is the best option for you. This minimally invasive procedure allows for a faster recovery and less risk of complications.
If this less invasive surgery can provide a better outcome for you, we will recommend the partial knee replacement.
Total Knee Replacement
When more than just one knee compartment has cartilage damage, a total knee replacement is often a smarter option.
Many people worry about the recovery process, but we are strong believers that doing the right procedure first with our least invasive techniques will provide you with long-lasting pain relief.
Our total knee replacement provides over a 90% satisfaction rate with our patients. Additionally, with our novel, multi-level pain management and pre- and post-operative protocols developed and practiced right here, total knee replacements can be safely performed in the outpatient environment.
Corticosteroid injections offer temporary relief for joint pain. The cortisol steroid hormone reduces inflammation in your knees and can relieve pain typically for 3-6 months.
Physical therapy exercises can help strengthen the muscles around your knee, which, in some cases, will ease the pain of mild osteoarthritis. If you require physical therapy, your doctor will refer you to a therapy location convenient for you.
Changes in diet, exercise, and sleep habits can help ease the pain of arthritis. Our clinical teams may recommend you shift to a healthier diet, low-impact exercises, and more regular sleep schedule.
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