Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is a painful condition that can affect any joint in the body. Osteoarthritis is the “wear and tear” type of arthritis that happens over time and can be worsened by prior injuries.
Generally the pain associated with arthritis develops gradually, although sudden onset is also possible. The joint may become stiff and swollen, making it difficult to walk, bend or straighten your knee. The pain may often cause a feeling of weakness in the knee, resulting in a “locking” or “buckling” activity.
The pain from osteoarthritis can be severe and is often associated with stiffness, aches, and swelling. Dr. LaReau will perform a thorough examination to evaluate and determine the extent of your injuries and conduct a complete review of your medical history. He may also choose to utilize diagnostic tools such as an MRI, X-ray or CT scan to confirm the extent of your condition.
Depending on the extent of your condition, Dr. LaReau may utilize conservative treatments options, such as lifestyle modification (weight loss exercises, swimming or cycling exercises). Some patients also find benefit from minimizing those activities which aggravate their conditions–such as climbing stairs. Furthermore, Dr. LaReau may recommend exercise to increase your range of motion, supportive devices (such as a cane, orthotics, or braces), anti-inflammatory drug therapies or viscosupplementation which provides new joint fluid to the knee joint.
If conservative treatment options do not provide adequate relief, Dr. LaReau may recommend a partial or total knee replacement to restore full mobility to your knee.