Swollen, painful knees are often due to arthritis. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, or inflammation of the joints, that can impact the knee, but osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common. Those that suffer from knee arthritis can experience chronic pain and limited knee mobility. Deterioration of the knee joint from arthritis is one of the leading reasons for knee joint replacement surgery. Our interventional pain and functional medicine specialists at Ospina Medical can help manage knee arthritis at our clinic in Midtown Manhattan.
Causes and Symptoms of Knee Arthritis
The various types of arthritis can be related to many different factors. Genetics play a role, as does weight, lifestyle and nutrition. Knee injuries can make it more likely to obtain degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis later in life. Symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and similar types of arthritis can include:
- Swollen knee or knees
- Pain with movement
- Stiffness in knee joint, especially after rest
- Tenderness around the knee
- Grinding or grating sound or sensation in joint during movement
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) of the knee will usually affect both knees, while degenerative arthritis usually only affects one joint. There are other symptoms outside the joint that can indicate RA, including fever, fatigue or digestion issues.
Treatments for Knee Arthritis
There is not a cure for any type of knee arthritis, but treatments can manage pain and slow progression of the disease. At Ospina Medical, we utilize advanced methods of non-invasive options to reduce inflammation and improve tissue rejuvenation or joint lubrication to manage arthritis. We offer injection therapies guided by accurate imaging that can reduce inflammation for pain relief. Our clinic also offers injections that deliver growth factors for tissue repair or fluid improvement for increased mobility.
If you suffer from knee arthritis, there are options for pain relief and improved knee function. Contact our clinic in NYC to schedule a consultation with one of our pain specialists to discuss knee arthritis treatment.