Osteoarthritis of the Knee
What is it?
Osteoarthritis of the knee, also called degenerative arthritis, is a gradual breakdown or wear and tear of the cartilage in the knee joint. It’s common in the knees because the knee bears the weight of the body and the natural cushioning between the joints, the cartilage, is affected by those common everyday stresses to the joint. This condition develops as a result of the aging process, but can frequently occur from traumatic injury to the joint as well. Obesity is also a major contributor to this disease.
Common symptoms are pain, swelling and stiffness of the joint. The knee may also become weak and a locking or buckling sensation can be noticed when walking. Difficulty bending or straightening the knee and standing or walking for long periods of time may worsen the pain.
All treatment options depend on the severity of the condition and may be treated with NSAID’s, corticosteroid injections, a brace for support, and physical therapy. If the knee continues to deteriorate and cause pain surgery may be performed to repair the joint.
If you are experiencing knee pain, weakness of the knee, swelling of the knee, or stiffness of the knee, give us a call 972-250-5700 or make an appointment now.