Osteoarthritis Non-Surgical Knee Treatment
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, and typically only affects older people.
Osteoarthritis affects cartilage, the hard but slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another. In Osteoarthritis the surface layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint.
A Healthy Joint
A Joint with Severe Osteoarthritis
People with osteoarthritis usually have joint pain and some limitations in joint movement. Unlike some other forms of arthritis, OA affects only joint function.
Osteoarthritis most commonly occurs in the weight-bearing joints of the hips, knees and lower back. It also affects the neck, small finger joints, the base of the thumb and the big toe. OA rarely affects other joints except when injury or stress is involved
It is important that you take an active role in the treatment of your Osteoarthritis and in prevention of additional joint damage. There are steps you can take to lower your risk for developing osteoarthritis. The most important thing you can do if you suspect you have any form of arthritis is to get a proper diagnosis and begin early, aggressive treatment.
Osteoarthritis FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
An estimated 12.1 percent (21 million Americans) of the U.S. population age 25 and older have osteoarthritis.
- Stiffness in a joint after getting our of bed or sitting for a long time.
- Swelling or tenderness in one or more joints.
- A crunching, grinding, or popping sensation which occurs during movement.
The cause of osteoarthritis is unknown. Factors that might cause it include the following:
- Being overweight
- Getting Older (wear and tear)
- Joint Injury
- Joints that are not properly formed (alignment/imbalance problems)
- A genetic defect in the joint cartilage
- Stresses on the joints from certain activities including sports, work and leisure activities
- Hands – fingers, thumbs, and wrist joints (often made worse by high stress or repetitive actions)
- Spine – in the neck and lower back
- Medical history
- Physical exam
- Blood tests and related lab work to rule out other conditions
- Improve joint function (restoring motion and function)
- Keep a healthy body weight
- Control pain
- Achieve a healthy lifestyle
Typically treatments can be combined to fit a patient’s needs, lifestyle, and health. Treatment plans typically involve:
- Weight control
- Rest and joint care
- Nondrug pain relief techniques to control pain
- Complementary and alternative therapies
- Surgery/Joint Replacement
Supartz FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Joint stiffness after resting or in the morning
- Pain when moving your knee
- Pain when using stairs or getting up from a chair
- Pain that prevents you from exercising your leg
- Grating or catching when moving your knee
- Joint pain that feels worse in the evening after a day’s activity
- Deterioration of coordination due to pain and stiffness
- Weakened thigh muscles
To help with your diagnosis and treatment, be sure to mention these signs and symptoms at each doctor’s appointment.
- Proven pain relief across multiple clinical studies
- As safe as saline in clinical studies
- More than 280 million SUPARTZ injections administered worldwide
- 3 or 5 injections so you only receive the number of shots that your doctor recommends
- Your knee pain is due to osteoarthritis
- You are not getting adequate osteoarthritis knee pain relief from walking and/or physical therapy
- You are not getting adequate osteoarthritis knee pain relief from pain medications, including:
- Ibuprofen (e.g., Advil®)
- Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol®)
- Naproxen sodium (e.g., Aleve®)