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Arthritis in the Knee

Arthritis in the Knee

The orthopedic specialists at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic provide comprehensive, innovative services to treat knee arthritis.

The most common type of knee arthritis is osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, caused when cartilage is worn away after years of use.

 

Knee arthritis typically affects people over the age of 50, and a history of knee injury increases the risk of arthritis.

 

What are the symptoms of knee arthritis?

People who have knee arthritis often report:

  • Deep, aching knee pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Pain when moving the knee
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Trouble sleeping at night because of the pain

How we treat knee arthritis

An orthopedic specialist will discuss your history and conduct a physical examination. X-rays are used to identify arthritis in the knee, but an MRI may also be ordered.

 

Nonsurgical treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Cortisone injections
  • Dietary supplements
  • Heat or ice compresses
  • Modifying activities
  • Orthobiologics 
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest
  • Sleeves or braces
  • Viscosupplementation injections

If nonsurgical methods do not reduce pain, surgical options are available. They may include:

Our goal is to restore each patient’s desired quality of life. We do so by creating individualized care plans to reduce pain, improve mobility, reduce the likelihood of further injury and return people to their normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.

 

Resources

OrthoInfo from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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