Knee Arthritis

Knee arthritis is a major cause of disability in Australia. It can affect both your personal and professional life and prevent people for doing. It is caused after cartilage in the knee wears down leading to pain and reduced movement. Knee pain is difficult to manage but there are successful treatments available to people who suffer from knee arthritis.

Symptoms include:

  • Knee pain
  • Knee stiffness
  • Soreness and a dull ache
  • Deformity
  • Knee swelling
  • Constant ache in the knee joint that may wake you form sleep

Knee pain and arthritis can be difficult to manage. The team at Melbourne Bone and Joint are committed to helping you find solutions that work. Our Surgeons will perform a thorough set of investigations to understand your knee problem and help guide you on the best course of treatment.

Surgery

Knee arthritis is typically seen in middle-aged and older people, but it can sometimes affect younger patients, especially when the knee has been injured and surgery has been required for the meniscus.

Knee joint replacement may be recommended for advanced knee arthritis but there are also several non-operative treatments that should be considered. Knee pain can often prevent you from exercising and further impact your general health. It is vital to reduce knee pain so that you are able to exercise regularly and stay healthy. Maintaining an active lifestyle has many benefits, including maintaining healthy bones and joints. Active rehabilitation is an essential ingredient for helping patients treat joint pain.

Outcomes

All patients are different. At Melbourne Bone and Joint, we will advise you on the type of surgery which is likely to give you the best outcome. Often, a combination of lifestyle change, physiotherapy, weight loss and surgery will give you the most benefit.

What can I do to help healing?

Some of the most important things you can do to help your body heal include:

  • Eating healthy
  • Quitting smoking
  • Vitamin C
  • Keeping wounds clean and dry
  • Working with health professionals to stay as active as possible
  • Maintaining a positive attitude