You may enjoy hiking, biking, running, along with many other activities in which your knees play a vital role. But what happens when your knees begin to cause you pain and discomfort? Many of those activities that you used to enjoy may feel like a distant memory.
At University of Toledo Physicians, our goal is to get you back on your feet and back to the life you had before knee problems. Dr. Nabil Ebraheim is a highly skilled orthopaedist and can discuss a range of treatment options when your knees put your life on hold.
Is arthritis the culprit?
Arthritis is a very common condition that affects millions of people all over the world. Arthritis can cause painful, swollen knees that limit your activities on a daily basis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis occurs over time and is responsible for wearing down the cartilage that protects your bones.
Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, but your knees along with your hips and spine are the most common joints affected by this disease. The damage that OA does to your joints can't be reversed; however, your symptoms can be managed to prevent further harm to your knees.
Pain may be what's bothering you the most and what's slowing you down. However, you may experience many other symptoms of OA, including:
- Decreased flexibility
- Grinding sensation
If you have any of these symptoms, and your everyday life is affected by chronic knee pain, it's time to make an appointment with Dr. Ebraheim to see if osteoarthritis may be what's causing your knee issues.
Other common knee problems
There are many conditions other than arthritis that can cause you to have pain in your knees. Some of these conditions include:
- Damaged cartilage
- Torn ligaments
- Meniscus tears
Many of these issues can be worsened if you aren't careful in your daily activities. Proper posture, along with making sure you stretch enough and warm up before exercising, can help decrease your chances of further injury or pain.
Your knees play a vital part in your overall mobility. As you get older, you may notice some stiffness here and there, or even intermittent pain. When those symptoms begin to interfere with your everyday life, it's time for you to seek treatment.
Treatment options for knee pain
Conservative treatment is usually the first line of defense in dealing with your knee problems. Some of these treatments include:
If none of these options have helped you cope with the pain, steroid injections or physical therapy may be other options.
When all other treatments have failed, it may be time to discuss a knee replacement with Dr. Ebraheim. Knee replacement surgery is usually the last-resort treatment option for your knee pain. However, if your life is severely affected by knee pain, it can be a great option.
There are several benefits to knee replacement surgery, including:
- Decreased pain in the joint
- The prosthesis lasts up to 25 years
- You’re able to resume normal activities after recovery
- Increased mobility.
As with any surgery, there are also risks associated with knee replacement. You should discuss these with Dr. Ebraheim before you make the decision to proceed.
If you're tired of dealing with chronic knee troubles, contact our office today at 419-383-3761 or book an appointment with us online. You can also check out Dr. Ebraheim's YouTube channel for more information.