If you are suffering from knee osteoarthritis you may be experiencing a range of symptoms which could vary in severity but are likely to worsen as the condition develops.
What is knee osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition caused by the cartilage in your joints starting to become rough and wear away. In normal healthy joints, cartilage covers the ends of the bones, helping them to slide smoothly over each other as you move. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage starts to break down and the bones may rub together causing pain, stiffness and loss of mobility.
It can affect any joint in the body, but if you have osteoarthritis of the knee you may be experiencing the following symptoms:
- Pain in your knee particularly first thing in the morning or after periods of inactivity. It may be worse when you walk upstairs or get up from a seated position, or during cold weather.
- Loss of mobility in your knee – it may be harder to walk or stand up and you may struggle to bend or flex your knee. Over time you may need to use a cane or walker to help you to stay balanced and mobile.
- Swelling or tenderness due to inflammation which causes fluid around the joint and/or the formation of osteophytes which are painful bony spurs.
- Locking of the knee or the knee becoming unstable and giving way.
- A grinding sensation or popping or cracking sounds when you bend or straighten your knee (crepitus).
- Knee deformity which may worsen over time.
Treatment for knee arthritis
If you are diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, your doctor or orthopaedic surgeon may recommend different treatments depending on how advanced the condition is. In the early stages, anti-inflammatory medication and low impact exercise such as swimming or walking can be very helpful. As the osteoarthritis develops, your doctor may recommend therapeutic injections.
At W27 we routinely offer ultrasound-guided injections of corticosteroids to relieve the pain of arthritis. We also offer an innovative treatment from an emerging field of medicine called Orthobiologics.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing. The treatment involves extracting a sample of your own blood and spinning it at high speeds in a centrifuge to separate it out into its component parts (red and white blood cells, plasma and platelets). Platelets help your blood to clot and release growth factors. By injecting concentrated platelets back into your body, PRP injections help to stimulate healing, promote the development of new blood vessels and initiate tissue repair. While the treatment is more commonly used for conditions like tendinopathy, ligament injury or jumper’s knee, it may also be used to treat the pain of osteoarthritis.
Research into PRP for arthritis
Orthobiologics is such a new field of medicine that there is, as yet, very limited research however in the future PRP injections are expected to become a standard treatment option for arthritic pain. A study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research in 2017, found that PRP injections significantly reduced the pain of arthritis after three, six and twelve months, when measured against the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index. The researchers concluded that PRP injections were more effective at relieving arthritic knee pain than corticosteroid injections, which are more routinely offered as a treatment for osteoarthritis.
Orthopaedic surgeons generally recommend less invasive treatments such as therapeutic injections before undergoing knee surgery as there is a lower risk of complications W27 offers a range of ultrasound-guided injections, including PRP injections, and are happy to advise on the best approach in the treatment of knee arthritis.
If you have suffered a sporting injury, whether due to an accident or as a result of long-term damage, contact W27 for specialist advice and diagnosis.
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W27 provides fast, accurate diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal symptoms and conditions using the latest state-of-the-art imaging facilities.
For your appointment there is a choice of locations:
The OrthTeam Centre Ohm Building – 168 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 2AF
Euxton Hall Hospital – Wigan Road, Euxton, Chorley, PR7 6DY
MedSerena Upright MRI Centre Manchester – 26-28 The Boulevard, Manchester, M20 2EU
The John Charnley Wing, Wrightington Hospital – Hall Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan, WN6 9EP
The Spire Manchester – 170 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2AF
MedSerena Upright MRI Centre London – 114a Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW7 4ES
HCA The Wilmslow Hospital – 52 Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1NY
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