Arthritis is the term used for joint pain or disease. In fact, there are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most commonly diagnosed type of arthritis, and it most often affects the knees. If pain, stiffness, and swelling in your knees are getting worse over time, call or make an appointment online today to get treatment for your osteoarthritis knee, along with a solution-oriented approach and personalized care from Orthopedic Surgeon & Knee and Hip Replacement Specialist, Dr. Vasilios Mathews in Houston, Texas.
Your knee is the strongest joint in your body, as it contains the tip of your shinbone, thigh bone, and kneecap. There is cartilage on the ends of each of these bones to provide protection and cushioning.
When osteoarthritis affects your knee, the cartilage becomes frayed and gradually wears away. Additionally, the protective space between your bones decreases, causing them to rub together and produce painful bone spurs.
When you see Dr. Mathews for knee osteoarthritis, he examines the affected area and checks for tenderness, swelling, and redness. He also tests your range of motion. To confirm his diagnosis, Dr. Mathews uses X-rays to look for the typical signs of OA.
Through education and guidance, Dr. Mathews works with you to determine the best course of action. The most common treatments for knee osteoarthritis include:
Physical therapy uses exercises to strengthen and condition your muscles, while also helping to improve your flexibility and joint mobility.
Dr. Mathews uses two different shots to treat knee osteoarthritis: hyaluronic acid and cortisone. When injected into the space within your joint, corticosteroid medications help relieve pain and inflammation. Hyaluronic acid injections can also help with inflammation.
Dr. Mathews recommends one of two different kinds of braces to assist with stability and function. One shifts weight away from the affected area of your knee, while the other helps support the weight on your knee.
Dr. Mathews extracts your bone marrow and injects the solution – which contains tens of thousands of your stem cells– into your knee.
Using a minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Mathews removes the damaged part of your knee and replaces it with an artificial joint made of metal and plastic.
If you find it difficult to walk or climb stairs, call or make an appointment online today for osteoarthritis knee treatment with Orthopedic Surgeon & Knee and Hip Replacement Specialist, Dr. Vasilios Mathews in Houston, Texas.