Our orthopedic surgeons at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills are leading experts in their field and formulate individualized treatment plans for patients with all different types of knee conditions. Patients who opt to visit our world-renowned facilities receive an unparalleled quality of service and care. They will benefit from our knowledge and expertise in the very latest knee arthritis treatment.
About Knee Arthritis
The most common type of knee arthritis is osteoarthritis, a slowly progressing degenerative joint disease that causes the cushion layer between bones or cartilage to wear away. As this protective layer deteriorates, bare bone is exposed within the joint causing pain, loss of mobility and deformity.
Knee arthritis affects approximately 16 million people, typically who are over the age 50 years. It is most common in people who are over weight and the disease can often be managed with weight loss. Knee arthritis may be caused by trauma to the knee, such as a torn meniscus. There are also those who are genetically predisposed to knee arthritis.
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Symptoms of Knee Arthritis
Knee arthritis symptoms can fluctuate in patients, and worsen over time. Patients often have good months and bad months, and symptoms tend to fluctuate with weather. Some of the most common symptoms of knee arthritis are experiencing pain when engaging in physical activities, stiffness in the knee and a limited range of motion, tenderness and swelling of the knee joint, a feeling that the knee may give out and in extreme cases, deformity of the joint. When any of these condition are present an orthopedic specialist will perform a thorough physical examination and take X-rays so that the progression of the condition can be monitored.
Knee Arthritis Treatments
Once an orthopedic specialist has properly diagnosed knee arthritis, a variety of treatment options can be discussed with the patient:
Early stages of knee arthritis can be treated with methods including regular exercise, a weight loss program and other lifestyle modifications. There is also the option to use support braces and unloader braces that take pressure of the knees. Injections into the knee joint can be effective for relieving pain though they do not reverse the disease. Injections include corticosteroid and viscosupplementation.
There are several over-the-counter drugs that are available to effectively treat knee arthritis including aspirin and ibuprofen. These drugs are very effective at reducing pain in some patients.
If non-surgical treatments are unsuccessful, there are a number of surgical procedures that are available including cartilage grafting, arthroscopic surgery, and knee arthroplasty. Our surgeons can perform both partial knee replacement and total knee replacement surgery.
Subchondroplasty for Knee Arthritis
Subchondroplasty is a very effective alternative treatment option for individuals who suffering from chronic knee pain as a result of bone marrow edema (BME). Contact our experienced orthopedic surgeons can determine your eligibility for a subchondroplasty.
Knee Arthritis FAQ’s
Q: What is cartilage?
A: Cartilage is soft tissue between the bones that make up a joint. In the knee there are two pieces of cartilage called meniscus.
Q: Can joint overuse cause knee arthritis?
A: Yes. Overuse of the knee joints increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis and is commonly seen in people who have jobs requiring repeated bending at the knee.
Q: Are water exercises recommended for knee arthritis?
A: Yes. Water exercises are highly recommended as they support body weight and minimize the impact through the joints. Water exercises can include aerobic activities, stretching and strengthening exercises, and range-of-motion exercises performed in warm water.
Contact a Los Angeles Knee Surgeon Today
The Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles is home to some of the most renowned orthopedic surgeons in the country, specialists that utilize the latest and most effective procedures when treating knee arthritis. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented orthopedic surgeons, call (888) 429-6865.
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