Knee pain can prevent a person from exercising, doing their job, and even completing simple daily tasks. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of knee pain, especially in older people.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is an arthritic condition in which the cartilage between the joints wears thin.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and most commonly results from ordinary wear and tear on the body over time. Many people will deal with osteoarthritis in some form or another as they age. Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee can include any of the following:
- Knee pain
- Difficulty walking
- Decreased mobility or range of motion in the knee
While the condition is most common in elderly patients, it can also be hereditary. Athletes and people whose work is physically demanding may be at increased risk as well.
Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment Options
Treating osteoarthritis of the knee depends on the cause of the condition and the patient in question. Treatment options for a young patient will be different that treatment options for an elderly patient. That being said, treatment generally begins on the conservative side of things, with methods like steroidal injections, over the counter meds, prescription meds, physical therapy, and more. If these methods do not work, we can offer Synvisc injections and bracing. Radiofrequency Ablation of the pain sensing nerves of the knee can also be employed to avoid surgery. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is also becoming popular for the treatment of painful osteoarthritis of the knee. In severe cases surgery may be the next best option and we can refer you to world class Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Twin Cities Knee Pain Clinic
If your osteoarthritis is causing you pain or interfering with your daily activities, it’s time to get treated for the condition. The pain management doctors at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of Minnesota have the experience and knowledge to provide you the treatment you deserve. Contact us through our appointment form or give us a call today at (612) 20-SPINE to set up your appointment with one of our Edina pain management physicians.