Knee Treatment Overview

Conservative Treatment Options

It is our goal to try the easiest options first that will give our patients relief. Often, we can be successful at minimizing pain with physical therapy, strengthening, anti-inflammatory medications, and injections. Corticosteroid injections can be very successful at minimizing joint pain for many months, allowing near full function of the joint.

Knee Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy uses tiny instruments inserted into the joint through small punctures. Damaged tissue can be removed or repaired within the joint providing relief from both pain and swelling while possibly preventing further damage to the knee. The most common indications for knee arthroscopy is a tear of the meniscus, cartilage lesions, and ACL tears.

Partial Knee Arthroplasty

Also called a unicompartmental knee arthroplasty or “uni”. This treatment is ideal for patients who have joint wear or damage that is isolated to a single compartment of the knee. This is most commonly the medial or inside portion of the knee. Postoperative recovery can be very quick since the extent of surgery is less.

Total Knee Arthroplasty

When joint damage is more global and a partial knee replacement won’t address all the areas, a total knee arthroplasty is an excellent option. This will eliminate all arthritis of the knee.

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