If you have pain, swelling, or stiffness in your knees, you may have a form of arthritis, which encompasses a group of inflammatory conditions that cause joint pain. At his independent orthopedic medicine practice in Encino and the Mid-Wilshire areas of Los Angeles, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Arash A. Dini, MD offers expert diagnosis and treatment for arthritis in your knees and other joints. Don’t put up with knee pain, especially if it’s keeping you from the activities you love. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
Arthritis is a collection of conditions that cause inflammation, swelling, and pain in your joints. The most common form of the disease is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis develops when cartilage, which covers the ends of your bones that meet in a joint, wears away, leaving the joint unprotected. It commonly affects the knees because the daily physical stress of walking and supporting your body weight can accelerate the wear and tear on the joints.
When you have arthritis in your knees, you live with symptoms including pain, swelling, and stiffness. The symptoms vary from mild to severe enough to stop you from standing or walking. You might also feel like your knees are weak or unstable, which can cause them to lock or buckle.
Symptoms are usually worse after physical activity because the inflammation in your knee gets worse, exacerbating your stiffness and pain.
Many factors contribute to your risk of arthritis in your knees, such as a genetic component. If a family member has arthritis, your chances of developing the condition are higher.
Other issues that contribute to arthritis include being overweight and having previous knee injuries like ACL tears, as these conditions can overstress your joints.
Another cause of arthritis is overuse. Athletes and people who have careers that require them to stand for extended periods of time or repeat bending or lifting motions can accelerate the wear and tear on their joints.
Contrary to popular belief, osteoarthritis isn’t an inevitable part of aging that you have to tolerate. Dr. Dini offers customized treatments and support as you make lifestyle changes that reduce your pain and other symptoms.
Dr. Dini often starts treatment conservatively with anti-inflammatory medications and lifestyle modifications, such as adding exercise to your daily habits and losing weight. Exercise can build strength in the muscles surrounding your knees, thereby improving stability and providing additional support to your joint.
He can also prescribe stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma injections to stimulate healing and new cell growth in your joints.
Dr. Dini also provides arthroscopic knee surgery to remove debris and repair damage in your knee joint when other less invasive treatments don’t resolve your pain and other symptoms.
If you have knee pain, don’t delay getting expert treatment. Call or schedule a consultation online today.