Is Knee Replacement the Only Way?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition, which means it gets worse over time. So, although its progress can be slowed, it’s going to get worse over time.
If you’re already experiencing the pain of bone-on-bone grinding in your knee joints, then you know that something must be done. Medical intervention, of some sort, is an absolute necessity. But, what are your options?
Early in the course of the disease, your doctor can recommend a combination of anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. The medicine will reduce the pain, while the physical therapy will strengthen the muscles around the joint, allowing them to take up some of the stresses associated with motion. In addition, controlling your weight can reduce pain in your knees by reducing pressure on them.
As the joint continues to degenerate, though, your options will become more invasive. Injections of cortisone and topical numbing medications can be used to treat symptoms. Additionally, an injection procedure known as viscosupplementation may provide a temporary solution. In this procedure, a natural lubricant known as hyaluronic acid, is injected directly into the joint. But this procedure doesn’t work for everybody, and the results only last between 6 months and a year.
In the end though, the only permanent solution to severe knee pain due to osteoarthritis is knee replacement surgery. Joint Replacement Center by Ortomedica is here to help. Our highly experienced, professional surgeons can advise you about what kind of surgery is best for you. And we’ll be there for you every step of the way, from preoperative care, right through physical therapy and recovery. We’ll have you back on your feet in no time!