As the leaders of the pack for Seattle area Orthopedists, Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians (BBJP) take pride in providing relief for patients suffering from chronic spine, bone and joint pain. The knee for example, is a joint that regularly withstands significant impact. Bending, lifting heavy weights or an active lifestyle can all take a toll.
In a healthy knee joint, the hyaluronic acid (contained in the synovial fluid) cushions and lubricates the joint. This allows the cartilage surface of bones to glide upon each other smoothly and act as a shock absorber for joint loads. But when suffering from Osteoarthritis (OA), the level of the essential hyaluronic acid within the joint fluid decreases, losing its ability to cushion and lubricate the knee. Left untreated, the cartilage protecting the ends of bones can deteriorate, causing bone to rub against bone, resulting in pain, stiffness and limited movement of the joint.
At BBJP, your doctor will be able to make a thorough examination of the condition of your knee, and then be able to suggest the best form of treatments available. This may include exercise, physical therapy, weight control, activity modification, over the counter and/or prescription pain medications and steroid injections.
If these more conservative treatments for OA of the knee are tried, and adequate relief is not achieved, viscosupplements are another viable option. Viscosupplementation is a procedure ranging from 3-5 injections of hyaluronic acid over a period of a few weeks. These can lubricate and cushion your knee joint, relieve joint pain, and permit greater freedom of mobility. If this procedure does not provide sufficient relief from pain and discomfort, surgery is a further option that can be discussed.
If you are suffering knee pain such as Osteoarthritis, or other joint and bone problems caused by injuries or disorders, talk to the leading professionals at Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians (BBJP). As your Seattle area top orthopedists, we can help you to achieve pain relief and enjoy an active lifestyle once again.