Osteoarthritis of the knee is responsible for a significant amount of suffering and disability. Millions of Americans suffer from Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is simply the loss of cartilage from the end of your bones. That cartilage was the cushioning present in your knee and allowed the bones to move upon one another without any friction. When the cartilage is lost, the smooth gliding of the joint is lost, the cushioning is lost — and the end result is pain and significant disability.
When faced with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee many people are unaware of the options available to them.
- Oral anti-inflammatories such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, etc. can be effective, but check with your doctor to be sure you can safely take these medications.
- Physical therapy
- Braces: Certain braces can be utilized to minimize the stress on the arthritic portion of your knee.
- Cane: Most of you HATE the idea of using a cane :-( . But it is an effective option in minimizing your pain.
- Cortisone, which is a potent anti-inflammatory, it will result in a decrease in swelling, inflammation and pain.
- “Gel” Injections or Visco-supplementation: This involves the injection of Hyaluronic acid into your joints. This is a naturally occurring substance found in normal knees, that arthritic knees produce less of. By injecting these compounds back into your knee, the result is usually less pain, less inflammation and an improved quality of life. Many companies make this compound and the most commonly utilized are Orthovisc, Synvisc, Supartz, Hyalgan or Euflexxa.
- PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma. This involves the injection of a sample of your own blood (which has been treated to concentrate the “healing’ chemicals and cells in your body) into your knee. As recent as 2013, papers have been published in the scientific literature showing that PRP injections are an effective option for the knee arthritis sufferer.
- Arthroscopy??? For severe arthritis, an arthroscopy will most likely not offer any long-term benefit. In mild cases of arthritis, with a meniscus tear, an arthroscopy might improve your symptoms — but your arthritis will continue to progress.
- Joint Replacement surgery
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