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Knee pain can have a major impact on your quality of life. If you think you may have arthritis, schedule an appointment today with JIS Orthopedics located in New Albany and St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Our knees are among the strongest and largest joints in our body. They are made up of the lower end of your femur (thighbone), the upper end of your tibia (shinbone), and your patella (kneecap). Articular cartilage covers the end of these bones and protects them as you move your knee.
Knee arthritis is a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage that cushions your bones wears down. Unfortunately, this can result in knee pain, stiffness, swelling, and inflammation.
If you have knee joint arthritis, it is common to notice that everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, become more challenging.
While there is no cure for arthritis, several effective treatment options and techniques are available to help you manage pain and remain healthy and active.
There are three types of arthritis that can affect your knee, and they are as follows:
While there are several causes of knee arthritis, unfortunately, the most common causes are unpreventable. Some of these causes include:
Additional risk factors include being overweight and participating in activities that put a lot of stress on your knee.
Thankfully, there are some preventative measures that you can take. These include maintaining a healthy weight and minimizing your participation in activities that put a lot of stress on your knees.
If you have knee arthritis, you may experience the following symptoms:
To make an accurate diagnosis, your specialist will review your medical history and symptoms and then conduct a physical examination.
During your examination, your specialist will look for the following:
Your specialist may request diagnostic imaging tests, such as x-rays or an (MRI), to help provide a detailed structure of your bone, its surrounding tissue, and joint space.
At JIS Orthopedics, we offer various non-surgical and surgical treatment options to provide pain relief. Your treatment plan will depend on your age, the stage of your arthritis, the severity of your pain, and several other factors.
While cartilage loss cannot be reversed, there are ways to reduce pain and prevent further damage. Nonsurgical treatments include:
Your specialist will work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan for your specific needs.
If your body does not respond to non-surgical treatments, your specialist may recommend surgical intervention. These surgical options may include:
Surgery will generally relieve pain, making it possible to return to everyday activities again.
After surgery, your recovery time will vary depending on the severity of your condition and the form of surgery you have undergone. Additionally, you may need to wear a knee brace or use crutches to aid in your recovery.
Arthritis of the knee can be very painful and debilitating, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, it can often be managed successfully. If you suspect knee joint arthritis, schedule an appointment with JIS Orthopedics today! We have offices located in New Albany and St. Clairsville.