What is Knee Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis of the Knee is one of the most common orthopaedic conditions, especially in the older population. Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the bones and soft tissues of the joints which causes the bones within the knee to rub together, which results in pain and decreased function of the knee. As the condition progresses, more cartilage is lost and more bone is exposed. Once the cartilage has completely worn away the bones of the knee can begin to rub together causing increased pain and the formation of bone spurs within the joint.
If you have Knee Osteoarthritis the common symptoms can include:
- Swelling of the knee after activity
- Stiffness when standing or sitting
- Decreased range of motion in the knee
Symptoms may range from very mild to severe but treating Knee Osteoarthritis in its early stages can prevent pain and symptoms from getting worse. At OSS Health, our Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons have helped thousands of patients with Knee Osteoarthritis live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures.
How is Knee Osteoarthritis Treated at OSS Health?
Although the damage from Osteoarthritis cannot be reversed, there are many treatment options at OSS Health that can slow down the process as well as relieve the pain and symptoms of Osteoarthritis. At OSS Health, Knee Osteoarthritis is usually effectively treated using non-surgical treatment options and the specialists at OSS Health create treatment plans based on your lifestyle and goals. These treatment plans may consist of any combination of the following non-surgical treatment options:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical Therapy
Surgery is only recommended if Knee Osteoarthritis does not respond to non- surgical treatment options. The Board Certified Joint Replacement Specialists at OSS Health are experts at performing both Partial and Total Knee Replacements.