OSTEOARTHRITIS: FRISCO, TX
The board certified knee surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in treating a wide range of injuries and degenerative conditions affecting the knee joint. They also provide surgical as well as non-surgical treatment for Osteoarthritis of the knee.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of Arthritis affecting the knee. The condition causes wear and tear of the cartilage that provides cushioning and acts as a natural shock absorbent for the joint. As a result, the knee bones rub against each other and may cause permanent damage to the cartilage. A person with Osteoarthritis may experience pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion and the formation of bone spurs in the knee.

Causes Of Osteoarthritis

  • Heredity: People who have a first relative with Osteoarthritis are more likely to develop the condition than others.
  • Age: As age increases, the ability of the cartilage to heal itself decreases, thus resulting in Osteoarthritis.
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries: People with occupations that require performing activities that put stress on the joint, such as frequent kneeling, squatting or lifting heavy weights, can also develop the condition. Constant pressure on the knee eventually weakens the cartilage and causes it to tear.
  • Sports Injuries: Recurrent injuries in sportspersons involved in tennis, football or running are also at risk for developing Osteoarthritis.
  • Excessive Weight: As knees bear a large part of the body weight, excess of it can put pressure on the joint.

Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis

  • Pain and swelling in the knee
  • Pain increases during physical activity, but gets better after rest
  • Stiffness and warmth in the affected joint
  • Difficulty moving the lower body
  • Crunching or grinding sensation while moving the knee
  • Knees develop an abnormal curvature
  • Decreased movement of the knee
  • Difficulty walking, climbing stairs or sitting and getting up

Diagnosis Of Osteoarthritis

To diagnose Osteoarthritis, the knee surgeon in Frisco, TX will physically examine the joint to look for signs of any injury or deformity. He may also recommend certain imaging tests to evaluate the damage caused to the knee cartilage.

Treatment For Osteoarthritis

  • Medications: The knee surgeon may prescribe certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to provide relief from pain and inflammation.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Making certain changes in lifestyle such as losing weight, avoiding rigorous physical activity and performing light exercises can also help to ease the symptoms.
  • Braces: The patient may also be suggested to wear knee brace to provide support and stability to the joint during physical activity.
  • Surgery: A knee replacement surgery might be recommended in severe cases of Osteoarthritis.

For diagnosis and treatment of Osteoarthritis, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.