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Putting a Spring Back in Your Step When You Have Arthritic Knees

Arthritis of the knee is incredibly common, especially among Americans over 45 years old. The most common form is osteoarthritis of the knee, which is a progressive, degenerative disease that’s sometimes called “wear-and-tear” arthritis. Dr. Arash A. Dini has helped many people get the spring back in their step even with arthritic knees. 

Is it arthritis? 

How do you know if you have arthritis or you’ve just tweaked your knee? The main symptom of arthritis is pain, but of course, pain would also be a symptom if you’ve injured yourself. 

In addition to pain, if you have arthritis, you may experience: 

Most of the time, the pain associated with arthritis develops gradually over time. That’s because it’s a progressive disease, which is to say, it gets worse as time goes on. 

What is arthritis?  

Arthritis is the name for over 100 separate conditions that affect the joints. The most common type of arthritis that affects the knee joint is osteoarthritis. When you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage in your knee begins to break down. 

Cartilage allows the joint to move smoothly and provides shock absorption, cushioning, and lubrication. When it begins to break down, the bones rub against each other and that’s the cause of all the symptoms associated with arthritis. The cartilage doesn’t break down all at once, though, which is why most people have a gradual increase in symptoms. 

How can Dr. Dini help? 

There are treatments that may work well to control your symptoms early in the progression of your arthritis. For example, physical therapy can help you increase the strength of the muscles around your knee joint, which can help you maintain mobility and may help ease the pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers and the use of heat and ice are other helpful therapies to use early in the progression of your disease. 

As the progression continues and the cartilage in your joint degenerates, Dr. Dini offers other treatments that may be helpful. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections work well for many arthritis patients. PRP therapy is increasingly accepted and there’s little risk associated with it. 

Depending on your condition, lifestyle, and goals, Dr. Dini may suggest a surgical procedure. Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove loose fragments of bone or cartilage or inflamed tissue. 

If you’d like to learn more about treatments for arthritic knees so that you can get the spring back in your step, book an appointment with Dr. Dini. Scheduling is easy. You can book your appointment online for one of our offices in Los Angeles or Encino, California. Or you can call the facility that works best for you, and we’ll schedule your appointment

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