Knee Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Treatment
Arthritis is one of the most common knee pain disorders, especially osteoarthritis. It is even more common among seniors, with an estimated 10% of men and 13% of women over 60 with knee osteoarthritis. At DOCS Health, our orthopedic specialists offer innovative knee arthritis and osteoarthritis treatment to help patients get pain relief at our medical center in Los Angeles.
Arthritis comes in over 100 different types, but osteoarthritis is the most common. The knee joints are especially susceptible to arthritis since they are load-bearing joints that are prone to wear, tear and injuries. The combination of cartilage wearing thin, bone spur formation and the inflammation from osteoarthritis, can cause crippling knee pain without treatment. While there is not a cure for arthritis, there are many cutting-edge knee arthritis treatments that can relieve pain and slow the progression of the disease.
Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis
Knee osteoarthritis symptoms begin slowly as the cartilage dissipates and friction increases in the knee joint. Bone spurs can develop, and the cartilage could become thin or frayed, and inflammation can impact joint function. Some of the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis include:
- Pain, usually worse in the morning or after rest
- Stiffness in the knee joint
- Swelling around the knee
- Popping, clicking or locking of the knee joint due to fragments of cartilage or bone
- Knee may feel weak or “give out”
Knee arthritis and osteoarthritis treatment usually begin with conservative methods to control pain and reduce further deterioration of the joint. This can include physical therapy, lifestyle changes (losing weight), using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and assistive devices. As knee arthritis progresses, other treatments such as steroid injections or regenerative medicine can be used. There are also surgical options to relieve pain and restore mobility.
Our orthopedic and arthritis specialists at DOCS Health offer knee arthritis treatments for all stages of this debilitating disease. If you suffer from knee arthritis or osteoarthritis, contact us at our clinic in Los Angeles to explore the many treatment options available.