Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common condition that mostly affects adults over age 50, although it can strike at any age. The condition is marked by the wearing away of cartilage, the protective cushion that prevents your bones from making contact with one another as you move. In the later stages of knee OA, reduced lubrication from synovial fluid contributes to further degeneration of the joint.
Because osteoarthritis tends to affect older people, it was once assumed to be an inevitable consequence of aging, brought on by wear and tear over time. However, recent clinical evidence shows that osteoarthritis is both preventable and reversible. Moreover, new research indicates that the pain associated with osteoarthritis is not directly caused by lost cartilage, but by sympathetic nerves that sprout in damaged synovial tissue and the skin covering the arthritic joint.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease that worsens gradually over time. In the early stages, you may experience no symptoms at all. As the disease progresses, symptoms become more noticeable, and may become debilitating in the later stages.
Symptoms of knee OA include:
Initial diagnosis of knee OA is based on symptoms and medical history, followed by a physical exam. Your doctor may also order diagnostic tests, such as x-rays or blood tests.
At NYDNR, we use high-resolution diagnostic ultrasonography to view the knee joint in motion, in real time. Coupled with patient feedback during the procedure, real-time ultrasound gives us a vivid image of the nature and severity of your knee OA.
There are a number of treatments available to address knee OA, each with its benefits and limitations. However, it is universally agreed that regular exercise is key to preventing, stopping and reversing knee OA.
Popular treatment options include:
At NYDNR, we take a multifactorial comprehensive approach to treating knee OA. Our knee pain specialists have access to some of the most advanced and innovative technologies and treatment methods in the country. Our patients are carefully screened and examined so we are able to create an individualized treatment plan based on each patient’s unique profile.
In addition to some of the popular treatments mentioned above, we offer a variety of innovative solutions to treat knee OA, including:
to improve circulation while unloading the knee
to modify gait and realign the knee joint
(viscosupplementation) to improve shock absorption and enhance joint lubrication
to reduce friction of ligaments against osteophytes, improve circulation, denervate small nerves and promote cartilage repair
to temporarily block knee pain while your joint heals
If you suffer from chronic knee pain, don’t waste your time and money on one-size-fits-all therapies and surgeries that fall short of resolving your problem.
Contact us today, and get rid of your knee pain so you can enjoy being active again.