Arthritis of the knee is a common condition affecting many people. It is a form of osteoarthritis that affects the knee joints, causing symptoms that include pain, stiffness, and swelling. It is a chronic condition that often strikes when moving the affected joints and even during certain climates.
Osteoarthritis is also known as “wear-and-tear” arthritis because the cartilage that cushions the bones between the knee wears away. Without the shock-absorbing function of the cartilage, these bones rub closely against each other. The friction results in intense pain, inflammation, decreased mobility, and formation of bone spurs. If you believe you may be experiencing arthritis of the knee, schedule your consultation with us at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates in Duxbury.
What Are the Causes of Arthritis of the Knee?
There are several factors that cause arthritis of the knee. These include age, genetics, weight, previous injuries, and other related illnesses.
How Is Arthritis of the Knee Treated?
Arthritis of the knee is a chronic condition. However, there are several treatment options available to you. The idea is long-term management of the symptoms such as pain, swelling, and stiffness. We can address the symptoms of arthritis of the knee through:
- Knee Arthroscopy
- Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy
- Minimally Invasive Partial Knee Replacement
- Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
Pain relievers and certain prescription medication may also provide some relief towards your symptoms. Physical therapy can also help loosen up joints and give strength to the muscles. Since each patient’s case is distinctive, the severity of yours along with your medical history will properly determine whether any of the aforementioned procedures may be right for you.