Knee Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Treatment
The knee joints are extremely susceptible to arthritis, especially osteoarthritis. These joints are under strain from the moment you begin to crawl, constantly moving and bearing weight. Arthritis includes over 100 types of joint inflammation, but osteoarthritis is by far the most common type to impact the knees. Jonathan L. Glashow, MD orthopedic surgery and sports injury center provides advanced knee arthritis and osteoarthritis treatment at our facility in Miami, FL.
Inflammation in the knee joint can be painful and restricts the range of motion. The swollen tissues can make the knee feel stiff and tender. Arthritis types include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and many other forms of joint inflammation that can impact the knees. There is no cure for any of these types of arthritis, but there are treatments to manage pain and improve knee function.
Knee Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases of the knee joint. This type of arthritis is caused by injuries and wear that result in inflammation in the knee. Over time, inflammation and wear can destroy the cartilage on the knee bones. This can result in friction that causes increased inflammation and wear on the joint, creating a vicious cycle of joint damage. Symptoms of knee osteoarthritis include:
- Swelling around the knee
- Increasing knee pain
- Popping or crackling sound when bending the knee
- Stiffness in the knee
- Locking or buckling of the knee
Knee osteoarthritis continues to get worse over time and causes more damage to the joint. This type of arthritis is the most common cause of knee joint failure, which can lead to complete joint replacement.
Relief for Knee Arthritis
Treatments for knee osteoarthritis begin with conservative therapies. Anti-inflammatory medications or injections can help manage pain, but as more damage occurs, more invasive treatments may be required. Dr. Glashow and our orthopedic team offer cutting-edge arthritis management options, from resurfacing the joint and injection therapy to advanced options like HTO iBalance® implants. We have joint preservation treatments that can slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis, as well as joint replacement options when necessary.
If you have painful knee arthritis, contact the office of Jonathan L. Glashow, MD in Miami, FL. Our team can schedule an appointment to see one of our knee specialists.