Do pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion seem all too familiar around your knee? If so, you and 27 million Americans are experiencing the most common form of arthritis: osteoarthritis.
What is osteoarthritis (OA)?
OA is the most common form of knee pain. The fluid that cushions and lubricates your knee joint can breakdown and lose its ability to cushion your knee. The cartilage protecting the ends of bones also deteriorates, causing bone to rub against bone. As a result, pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion starts to overcome the knee.
What are the signs of OA?
There is not necessarily a connection between your stage of OA and the amount of knee pain you experience. You may have severe knee pain, but only have mild OA. Or, you may not be feeling any knee pain, but have severe OA. This makes it important to let your doctor know how much pain you feel and what types of activities trigger your pain.
How can Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians help?
We have the finest specialists in physical therapy and orthopedics near the Seattle area, allowing us to diagnose the best treatment possible to relieve your pain. Unfortunately, there is not a cure for OA, but there are treatments to relieve the pain. Some of those treatments include:
- Weight control
- Activity modification
- Over-the-counter pain medications
- Steroid injections
Normally, we would suggest viscosupplementation if the more conservative treatments fail. Viscosupplementation is a series of injections that lubricate and cushion your knee joint to relieve your pain and allow you to move more freely.
It’s possible to relieve your knee pain especially under the care of the finest specialists at BBJP. Please give us a call today to see the best option to relieve your OA!