Knee arthritis treatment is available to patients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and other nearby FL communities from the orthopaedic experts at Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group. A common condition affecting approximately nine million Americans, knee arthritis has no cure. However, an appropriate treatment regimen can effectively reduce the associated pain and stiffness and help a patient enjoy a more active lifestyle.
What is Knee Arthritis?
Over time, the cartilage lining the knee joint gradually erodes. Without the cushioning effect of cartilage, the knee bones can rub together, resulting in swelling, stiffness, and pain that can require knee arthritis treatment. Early symptoms of knee arthritis include:
- Knee stiffness first thing in the morning
- Knee joints that ache after physical activity
- Difficulties when getting up out of a chair, walking, and climbing stairs
Self care can sometimes be effective for alleviating the discomfort of knee arthritis. Stretching the leg muscles and participating in low-impact exercises like walking, cycling, water aerobics, and swimming can help alleviate pain, as can adequate rest and a healthy diet. When symptoms flare, many patients find the application of hot or cold packs, or taking a warm bath, beneficial. Cold can lessen inflammation, while warmth can boost circulation and facilitate healing.
Knee arthritis treatment might become necessary when the pain is severe or interferes with daily activities. If you’re in the Tampa, Florida, area and you are experiencing knee pain, you can consult with our Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Daniel Murphy, or our Board-certified sports medicine physician, Dr. Arnold Ramirez. Dr. Murphy or Dr. Ramirez can evaluate your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan to help you to manage your symptoms and improve your mobility. We offer a variety of conservative therapies, including physical therapy, ultrasound therapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, viscosupplementation, and cortisone injections, as well as inpatient and outpatient knee procedures.
Schedule an Appointment
Patients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and other nearby Florida communities who would like to learn more about knee arthritis treatment options can contact Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group today.