knee pain

Knee Pain Caused by Osteoarthritis

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, talk to one of our doctors. You may be suffering from osteoarthritis knee pain. We can help!

When it comes to osteoarthritis, you need to be informed. The Arthritis Foundation believes that patients with osteoarthritis who stay in charge of their own health fare better than those who let others pull the strings. To feel more in control, be informed - ask questions, read, and discuss your pain with one of our physicians.

To help you take control of your knee pain, this section provides information about osteoarthritis of the knee, what causes it and how to treat it.

Watch a video about treating knee pain due to osteoarthritis.


What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease that affects the joints - the areas where your bones form hinges for movement.

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease and affects nearly everyone by age 70. About 21 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis.

Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis may cause changes in the knee joint, which may result in knee pain and one or more of the following symptoms:

 

What Causes Osteoarthritis?

Normally, smooth cartilage covers and protects the ends of your bones. In addition, fluid in the joint provides lubrication and extra cushioning. When you have osteoarthritis of the knee, the smooth cartilage gradually wears away and becomes softer (less protective), and the shock-absorbing and lubricating abilities of the joint fluid gradually decrease. These changes in the knee joint may cause knee pain.

Factors that may contribute to OA of the knee include:

 

How is Osteoarthritis Treated?

Osteoarthritis of the knee cannot be cured, but there are many ways to manage the pain and stiffness that it causes. The type of treatment depends on the individual patient's stage of osteoarthritis and level of pain that he/she is experiencing.

Treatments include:

Non-drug treatments

Over-the-counter drug therapy

Prescription drug therapy

Some people with osteoarthritis of the knee may even require surgery.

 

Hyaluronan treatment

Another alternative is to treat the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee with a substance called hyaluronan. Hyaluronan (pronounced hi-al-yur-ON-an) is a natural chemical found in the body and present in particularly high amounts in joints. When injected into the joint, hyaluronan acts like a lubricant and shock absorber.

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for Hyaluronan therapy.

1. Have you tried nonprescription pain medication such as acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (for example, Advil®) for your osteoarthritis of the knee and not experienced enough pain relief?

YES | NO

2. Are you unable to take or have you been told by your doctor to avoid aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen (for example, Aleve®) or ibuprofen, for your pain from osteoarthritis of the knee?

YES | NO

3. Are you taking prescription medication for pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee that does not provide you with enough relief?

YES | NO

4. Are you taking prescription medication for pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee that is causing unwanted side effects?

YES | NO

5. Are you taking multiple medications for conditions other than osteoarthritis?

YES | NO

Click here to contact us today to find out more information or to schedule an appointment to see if this treatment is right for you.

 

 
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