Knee Arthritis Treatment for Patients in Jackson, WY, and Western Wyoming
The latest options in knee arthritis treatment are available to residents and visitors of Jackson, Wyoming, from the orthopedic subspecialists at Teton Orthopaedics. The most common form of knee arthritis, osteoarthritis, affects millions of Americans. This degenerative condition causes the cartilage in the knee joint to gradually wear away. Healthy cartilage provides a smooth, slippery surface that allows the bones that come together in the joint – the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone), and patella (knee cap) – to slide against each other without damage. As arthritis causes the knee cartilage to slowly degenerate, the knee bones can begin to rub together, resulting in painful symptoms.
Some early signs of knee arthritis include:
- Pain that intensifies with activity
- Stiffness that worsens after rest and eases with movement
- Impaired range of motion, including difficulties walking, climbing stairs, and standing up from a seated position
- A crunching or grinding sensation (known as crepitus)
- Soft swelling (caused by fluid buildup)
- Hard swelling (caused by the formation of bone spurs)
- A knee that “gives way” due to joint instability or weakened muscles
As of yet, there is no cure for knee arthritis. However, with appropriate treatment from the orthopedic experts at Teton Orthopaedics, many patients are able to achieve sufficient relief from the associated pain and inflammation to allow them to participate in the active pursuits they enjoy here in the Jackson Hole area. For instance, our knee specialists often recommend regularly stretching the leg muscles and participating in low-impact exercises like walking, cycling, water aerobics, and swimming to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Also, individuals who have knee arthritis usually experience good days and bad days; when symptoms flare, the application of hot or cold packs may be helpful. Ice can lessen inflammation, while warmth can boost circulation and facilitate healing.
If you’re in Jackson, WY, or the surrounding Western Wyoming area and are experiencing symptoms of knee arthritis, you can consult with a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Teton Orthopaedics. Our knee specialist can evaluate your condition and recommend an individualized treatment plan to help you to manage your discomfort and improve your mobility. We offer a variety of conservative therapies, including medications, physical therapy, bracing, and cortisone injections, as well as inpatient and outpatient knee procedures. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a world-class specialist who is dedicated to your active lifestyle.