An aching knee that prevents you from doing the activities you love or just your daily chores is very possibly due to arthritis. At Poole Joint Replacement in Meridian, Idaho, Colin Poole, MD, AAOS, ABOS, evaluates your knee pain and can offer treatment from the very early stages of arthritis, utilizing stem cell therapies, anti-inflammatory agents, steroid injections, bracing and physical therapy. If indicated, joint replacement surgery will be discussed. Call the office if you have knee pain that’s interfering with your quality of life.
Arthritis of a joint is a progressive condition where the cartilage surface of the joint prematurely wears out, resulting in pain, inflammation, stiffness, and swelling of the joint.
What is osteoarthritis?
The most common type of arthritis that affects the knee, osteoarthritis is usually due to normal wear-and-tear. It typically affects older patients — your risk rises after age 45 — but can occur in younger people, too. The condition is diagnosed when knee joint cartilage wears away.
The frayed and destroyed cartilage no longer cushions the space between the bones. Bones rub against one another, causing painful friction and the development of bone spurs. Usually, osteoarthritis develops and worsens over time.
You notice pain and reduced range of motion in your knee joint. You may also have swelling. Osteoarthritis, in particular, develops gradually, but over time, you have trouble doing regular activities, such as climbing stairs or getting out of a car
Dr. Poole evaluates your knee pain, health history, and overall condition before offering a treatment plan. He usually starts with conservative treatments that include:
If these interventions fail to give you relief and restoration of function, Dr. Poole may recommend surgery to replace your knee.
If you have serious knee pain that’s interfering with your daily life, call Poole Joint Replacement.