Over time, you could begin to experience pain in your joints, particularly in your knee, which is a load-bearing joint that takes a beating after many years of use. Knee pain is a very common complaint among adults in the US.
If it’s not due to an injury, your knee pain symptoms could be indicative of knee osteoarthritis. An orthopedic doctor can diagnose the condition and create a comprehensive treatment plan to relieve symptoms and delay the progression of the disease.
If you’re wondering about the type of treatments available for knee pain, here are some therapies that are currently being used to improve knee pain symptoms.
Injected directly into the knee, corticosteroid injections provide immediate relief from knee pain. Chronic knee pain sufferers can expect relief from symptoms for several weeks. However, those with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis can expect longer-lasting relief from knee pain – up to a few months. Keep in mind, there is a limit to the number of corticosteroid injections you can receive in a year.
A major contributor to knee pain and other symptoms associated with osteoarthritis is the lack of synovial fluid (which acts as lubrication in joints). Viscosupplementation is a great solution. This treatment contains hyaluronic acid (HA), which can provide lubrication to joints. Typically, patients are given a series of five shots administered one week apart from each other. HA shots can relieve symptoms for up to a year.
Knee Arthroplasty or Knee Replacement Surgery
Orthopedic specialists only recommend surgery for knee pain if conservative methods have been exhausted and no longer relieve symptoms, which is usually common in patients with late-stage arthritis. If you experience debilitating pain and disability that severely impacts your quality of life, knee replacement surgery may be the right solution for you.
Knee arthroplasty is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure in which surgeons use highly advanced miniature tools to replace damaged parts of the knee joint in a partial knee replacement surgery. Alternatively, the entire knee joint can be replaced in a total knee replacement surgery.
Comprehensive Orthopedic Care in St. Charles County, MO
Don’t let knee pain prevent you from living your best life. At Advanced Bone & Joint, our orthopedic surgeons offer state-of-the-art orthopedic solutions to alleviate joint problems. Whether you have a sports injury or a progressive joint disease like osteoarthritis, we have the expertise needed to perform nonsurgical and surgical treatments to relieve symptoms, restore normal function, and return you to an active lifestyle.
Advanced Bone & Joint has been providing the highest quality musculoskeletal care in St. Charles County, Missouri since 1980. If you have questions about our services or if you wish to schedule a consultation, call us at (636) 229-4222 or fill out our online form to request an appointment now. We are now offering telehealth services and provide orthopedic care via phone or videoconference for your safety at this time.