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Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of knee pain in adults. Osteoarthritis (OA) results from the gradual wearing down of cartilage inside the joint. The cartilage acts as a cushion between the bones of the knee joint. As the cartilage wears down, weight-bearing activities, such as walking and going up and down steps, can become painful. The knee may also swell and become stiff, making it difficult to fully bend or straighten the knee. Over time, symptoms usually worsen and start to limit a person’s ability to perform their daily activities.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis, and it will usually worsen over time. However, there are effective therapies that can slow the disease process, reduce stiffness and pain in the knee, and help keep someone active. Treatment options include: over-the-counter medication, prescription anti-inflammatories, dietary modifications, supplements, physical therapy, weight reduction, assistive devices (i.e., knee brace) and knee injection therapies, including cortisone and visco-supplementation (“gel shots”).
A Few Words about Knee Injections
It is important to emphasize that not every patient with knee arthritis will require a joint injection. The decision to treat knee arthritis with or without an injection always rests with the patient. Some people with knee arthritis may be wary of getting knee injections, because they have had a painful knee injection or have heard about someone who was given a painful injection. At The Center for Knee Arthritis, we specialize in knee injection techniques using a local anesthetic and an ultrasound picture of the joint, which maximizes patient comfort and injection accuracy. With proper technique, a knee injection can be done with little or no discomfort. It should never be painful.
What about surgery?
Surgery for knee arthritis may be recommended, but it is usually reserved for severe cases of arthritis that do not improve with other therapies. The Center for Knee Arthritis is an independent physician group, which means we work for you. If seeing an orthopedic surgeon is appropriate, we only refer to the best surgeons in the Tristate.
At The Center for Knee Arthritis, we strive to educate each patient about their condition and provide high-quality, nonsurgical treatment for the discomfort of knee arthritis.