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Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis is a common condition that causes pain, swelling, and stiffness. Early diagnosis is crucial to effective treatment.
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What is Knee Osteoarthritis?

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a common orthopaedic condition that affects many individuals, particularly those over 50 years old, overweight, inactive, and smokers. It occurs due to the wear and tear of knee cartilage with age, causing bone inflammation and painful spurs. Weight-bearing activities usually increase symptoms. Our Fellowship trained and board-certified Orthopaedics physicians specialize in diagnosing knee osteoarthritis via medical history reviews, physical exams, and x-rays. Non-surgical treatment options are available to decrease symptoms and prevent OA from worsening, including NSAIDs, activity and lifestyle modification, physical therapy, and injections. Surgical intervention may be necessary for severe cases, such as partial or total knee arthroplasty, which replaces arthritic bone and tissue with metal and plastic components. Our team at OIBO provides personalized care to each patient, ensuring they receive a unique treatment plan that works best for them. To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call us or visit our contact page.


Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common orthopaedic conditions. It is characterized by the wear and tear of knee cartilage with age. Knee bone becomes inflamed as cartilage loses its integrity and function. Painful bone spurs may develop. Joint space decreases. Symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, and tenderness. Weight-bearing usually increases symptoms. Patients who are over 50 years old, not active, overweight, and smoke are most at risk.

An early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment. Our Fellowship trained and board-certified Orthopaedics physicians specialize in knee osteoarthritis. They obtain a complete medical history review, perform a physical examination, and order and analyze x-rays. An accurate diagnosis is always made.

How is Knee Osteoarthritis Treated?

Knee OA is a chronic condition. Treatment is focused on decreasing symptoms and preventing OA from becoming worse. OIBO treatment plans usually consist of a combination of the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Over-the-counter and prescription medications that decrease OA inflammation and pain. NSAIDs are available in topical and oral forms. Commonly prescribed NSAIDs are aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.
  • Activity and lifestyle modification. Slowing down or stopping activities that cause symptoms, losing weight, smoking cessation, walking with a brace, walker, or cane.
  • Physical therapy. Exercises increase knee strength, flexibility, and function. OIBO approved physical therapists prescribe and monitor exercises.
  • Injections. Steroid and numbing medications quickly decrease OA inflammation and pain.

Surgical intervention may be recommended for knee OA that does not improve after nonsurgical treatment. A partial or total knee arthroplasty removes osteoarthritic cartilage and bone and replaces it with metal and plastic components. Symptoms and quality of life improve tremendously following recovery and physical therapy. To schedule your appointment with one of our specialists, call our practice or visit our contact page.

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Patients deserve personalized, outcome-driven care provided by physicians who genuinely care about them. As medicine has become more corporate and transactional, OrthoNJ prioritizes exceptional doctor/patient relationships. This is why we say we have The Power to Put Patients First.

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Patients deserve personalized, outcome-driven care provided by physicians who genuinely care about them. As medicine has become more corporate and transactional, OrthoNJ prioritizes exceptional doctor/patient relationships. This is why we say we have The Power to Put Patients First.

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