Suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee can be overwhelming and debilitating. Doing the research to find the best solution to your pain can make it even worse. If you or someone you love is facing osteoarthritis in knee joints, Arthritis Care of Texas is here to answer some of the condition’s most difficult and frequently asked questions.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Known as the “wear and tear” disease, osteoarthritis occurs over time and can worsen due to prior injuries. The degenerative disease occurs when the cartilage between the bones begins to wear down. Without the healthy cartilage, bones will rub together, causing pain, inflammation, and loss of motion.
Who Gets Osteoarthritis?
Although osteoarthritis typically occurs in people over 60, younger people can get osteoarthritis primarily from past injuries or repetitive joint stress from overuse.
What is the Difference between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a less common disease that occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks the joints. This attack causes fluid to accumulate within the joint. The fluid buildup causes stiffness, fatigue, and soreness. OA does not involve an autoimmune process like RA. However, mild inflammation and pain occurs in both diseases.
What are the Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis?
There are several known risk factors, including age, obesity, nutrition, family history, injury, and hormone levels.
What are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?
The most common symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, inflammation, crackling sounds, and limited range of motion.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Our treatments are comprised of Hyalgan injections to relieve your pain by lubricating and cushioning the knee joint. In addition, our doctors are trained in the use of low-dose video fluoroscopy to provide a proven system to guide the cushioning agent exactly where you need it. Medical injections have been proven safe, effective, and can provide pain relief for up to six months. If you are experiencing moderate to severe knee pain, call our knee treatment specialists today at (469) 399-5673.