Top Knee Arthritis Pain Doctors in New York
What is knee arthritis?
Knee arthritis is the wearing away of cartilage surrounding your knee joint. This painful condition can cause permanent damage to your joint and bones surrounding the joint, so it’s very important to speak with an orthopedic specialist in knee joint preservation to learn your best options for treating knee arthritis.
There are three types of arthritis:
- Osteoarthritis of the knee – the most common type of arthritis that wears away the cartilage or joint lining leading to bone on bone contact and pain and crepitus or crunching in the joint. This may be due to the natural aging process (wear and tear over time). It can also be associated with activity, genetics or family history and excessive weight.
- Post-traumatic arthritis of the knee – a specific kind of arthritis resulting from an ACL tear or another past knee injury such as a fracture or injury.
- Rheumatoid arthritis of the knee – the least common type of arthritis that is the result of an immune system disorder where the synovium or joint lining wears away the normal cartilage or joint surface.
What causes knee arthritis?
Depending on the type of arthritis you are suffering from, the cause will vary. In many patients, it is the result of natural aging processes and onsets later in life. For others, it may be the result of an underlying immune system problem, years of athletic wear and tear, or several past knee injuries. A doctor with Specialty Orthopaedics can help you get to the bottom of what is causing your knee pain or knee arthritis, and find a solution that best meets your needs.
What are the symptoms of knee arthritis?
If you suffer from any of the below symptoms of knee arthritis, visit one of our arthritis doctors and orthopedic surgeons at Specialty Orthopaedics in New York:
- Swollen knee
- Stiff knee
- Inability to move your knee
- Weakness in knee
- Pain in knee
- Inability to walk
- Instability in knee or “knee giving out”
- Crepitus or crunching of the joint
How is knee arthritis diagnosed?
At Specialty Orthopaedics, we are home to fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists in a variety of sub-specialty areas, including the knee and arthritis, so you can be evaluated by a doctor who is knowledgeable and equipped to diagnose your condition. Your doctor will evaluate your medical history, discuss any relevant past injuries to the knee, and ask you specific questions about the symptoms you are experiencing. Once we fully understand your medical background, our doctors will perform a complete examination of your knee in order to make an accurate diagnosis. In some cases, we might also use imaging tests to determine the extent of your arthritis knee damage. These tests may include:
- MRI test
- CT scan
Please bring any previous tests and reports with you to your visit. The more information we have about you, the better we can help you!
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How is knee arthritis treated?
At Specialty Orthopaedics, we always use conservative options for alleviating arthritis knee pain and other painful symptoms of arthritis. Some of the non-surgical methods we might recommend to help keep you moving and reduce pain include:
- Activity modification
- Nutritional counseling for weight loss
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Pain medications
- Knee injections such as cortisone, hyaluronic acid (gel shots), PRP and stem cells
When necessary, we are also able to offer the most advanced surgical procedures to correct severe arthritis damage to the knee, including:
- Knee arthroscopy
- Partial or unicompartmental knee replacement or Makoplasty
- Total knee replacement
- Mako robotic-assisted knee replacement
If you are experiencing symptoms of knee arthritis, visit Specialty Orthopaedics. Our New York orthopedic practice serves patients from the Tri-State region and is home to a team of university affiliated and fellowship-trained orthopedists in a variety of orthopedic specialty areas. We offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in a caring and responsive clinical atmosphere. Give us a call at 914.686.0111 or fill out the form on this page to schedule your appointment today.