Knee arthritis is a painful condition causing the smooth cartilage covering between the femur and tibia bones to wears away. These rough surfaces in the knee cause pain, inflammation and formation of bone spurs with continued use.
People affected by knee arthritis have difficulty walking, climbing stairs, and standing for longer periods. Pain can be severe and often can limit one's ability to go about normal daily life.
Several non-surgical treatments are effective for knee arthritis. A directed physical therapy program, anti-inflammatory medicine, cortisone injections or viscosupplementation (gel) injections can be used to effectively treat knee arthritis.
In cases where patients continue to have pain despite treatment of knee arthritis, partial or total knee replacement is considered on an individualized basis.
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