Knee Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pain Management
February 11, 2015
The Reason Why You Have Chronic Knee Pain: Arthritis
Do you know what is causing the chronic pain in your knee? Knee pain doesn’t have to be an inevitable outcome of the aging process.
Knee arthritis is often the cause of chronic knee pain, but this painful condition isn’t something that you have to live with. There are treatments for chronic knee pain including therapy, medications, and surgery that can restore mobility and relieve your knee pain. Relief from pain will allow you to live a fuller, happier life.
Symptoms of Knee Arthritis
- A gradual increase in pain. This increase may be something you don’t notice at first, or you don’t allow to affect your day-to-day activities. One day, though, it becomes severe enough that you alter your normal routine. The pain may even wake you up or keep you awake at night.
- Inflammation or swelling of the knee, the inflamed area is even warm to the touch.
- Buckling and locking of the knee which can keep you from straightening or bending your knee when you want to.
- Cracking and popping of the knee which can indicate that there has been a loss of cartilage. This sound is caused by bones or bone spurs rubbing against each other.
- Poor range of motion that may affect the ability to walk up stairs or walk without the assistance of a cane or walker.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Knee Arthritis
There are treatments for knee arthritis that don’t involve surgery. Certain medications can reduce swelling and help decrease pain, and lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation and losing weight can help reduce swelling and discomfort. Smoking can decrease bone density, which makes your knee more susceptible to wear. Carrying too much weight adds pressure on your knee joints, making your knees work harder to move your body.
It is also recommended that you try physical therapy and assistive devices to relieve your pain before you consider surgery. The exercises encouraged through physical therapy help increase your flexibility and strengthen your leg muscles while shock-absorbing shoes and knee braces can support the heavy load on your knee that is aggravating your arthritis.
Surgical Treatments for Knee Arthritis
Once non-surgical treatments for knee arthritis have been exhausted, there are surgical treatments for chronic knee pain that can not only relieve pain, but can also increase mobility:
- Arthroscopy: When treating knee arthritis, arthroscopy is not a common solution, but when an arthritis sufferer has arthroscopic surgery, it is usually a method to diagnose and treat joint problems. For knee arthritis, arthroscopy is sometimes performed to fix a torn meniscus.
- Osteotomy: If your knee osteoarthritis is in the early stages, a surgeon may perform a knee osteotomy if just one side of the knee joint has been damaged. This surgery will shift your weight off the damaged side of the knee joint which can relieve pain and improve the function in an arthritic knee.
- Total or Partial Knee Replacement: A new knee joint implant is inserted to replace arthritis-damaged cartilage and bone, which will then restore the function of the knee to relieve pain and improve mobility.
Chronic pain from an aching knee joint is not a part of life that you have to endure. Contact Arkansas Surgical Hospital to find out how we can help you conquer your knee arthritis by calling (877) 918-7020.