Arthritis in the Knee
The most common type of knee arthritis is called osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. This is caused when the joint cartilage is worn away after years of use. Knee arthritis typically affects patients over the age of 50, particularly those who have a history of knee injury.
Symptoms of Knee Arthritis
Knee arthritis is often characterized by a deep, aching knee pain. Patients may also experience swelling, tenderness, stiffness, and limited mobility.
As the disease progresses, patients may feel pain when they move their knee and may have trouble sleeping at night.
Treatment for Knee Arthritis
An orthopedic specialist at BayCare Clinic will conduct a physical examination and may order x-rays or an MRI to determine if you have arthritis in your knee.
Nonsurgical treatment options include rest and/or modifying your activities, physical therapy, heat or ice compresses, anti-inflammatory medication, and dietary supplements.
If nonsurgical methods do not reduce your pain, surgical options are available. This may include a cartilage graft or knee replacement.
The goal of any treatment plan is to reduce pain, improve mobility, and reduce the likelihood of further injury. As our patient, you will receive individualized care designed to return you to your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.
You can trust BayCare Clinic for personalized care, backed by the latest advancements in knee surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons are board certified, and our orthopedic program is designed to maximize positive patient results.
Please call our office or request an appointment online. No referral required.