Osteoarthritis of the knee is a disorder of the knee joint in which the joint cartilage collapses along with the underlying bone. This condition can prevent you from any activities that involve walking, going up and down stairs, or even sitting or lying down. In addition, it causes swelling, discomfort and pain.
Depending on the extent of arthritis, it can be treated using conservative, minimally invasive and surgical treatments.
Conservative and Interventional Treatments
Medications – Medications such as acetaminophen or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may be prescribed to relieve pain. Certain ointments and sprays may be recommended too.
Injections – The knee joint may be injected with medications for lasting and fast relief. Hyaluronic acid may also be injected into the joint to lubricate it and help it move smoothly.
Physical therapy – Physical exercise can help to restore motion in the joint by strengthening the muscles of your knee.
Such treatment options can provide you sufficient relief to move comfortably. If they prove ineffective, your doctor may recommend knee replacement surgery.
GOOD CANDIDATES FOR KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY
In the following cases, knee replacement surgery may be recommended by the best knee surgeons in Phoenix for arthritic, painful knee joints.
- Conservative treatments don’t show positive outcomes
- Pain persists for a long time or keeps coming back
- Severe pain in the knee
- Restricted mobility
- Knee becomes stiff on long seating
- Weather changes cause more pain
- Pain interrupts your sleep
- Stiff or swollen knee despite treatment
- Difficulty in moving, walking or climbing stairs
- Difficulty in sitting down and getting up
- Early morning knee stiffness
To know more or to consult one of the best knee surgeons in Phoenix, call FXRX Inc. at 480-449-3979. Dr. Sumit Dewanjee at FXRX Inc. is a Board certified, Fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who is also experienced in orthopedic trauma and provides level I services in Phoenix, Arizona.