RANDALL SCHULTZ MD
EXCELLENCE IN ORTHOPAEDICS
Knee pain solutions

What are your options for treating knee injuries and reducing arthritis pain?

To help decrease knee pain and inflammation and increase your ability to enjoy everyday activities, you and your physician may develop a treatment pathway which can entail lifestyle modifications, exercise and physical therapy, medications, nutritional supplements and surgical options. Designed especially for you, this treatment pathway is based on the severity of your arthritis, other medical conditions, age and your day-to-day activity level.

Joint Fluid Therapy

A non-surgical option for osteoarthritis and knee pain

Knee Arthroscopy

A minimally invasive option that can repair injuries and relieve pain

Knee Replacement

Learn about new options for partial & total knee replacement surgery and OXINIUM Oxidized Zirconium implant technologies for ending knee pain.

How your doctor chooses treatment

Determining the cause of your knee pain can be difficult, so getting an orthopaedic evaluation is essential. It is then that your orthopaedic surgeon will work to identify the cause of your knee pain and develop a treatment pathway for you.
After your evaluation, your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss your medical history with you. This history will help your surgeon determine the cause of your knee pain. It will also help him set goals for returning you to a greater quality of life. Your orthopaedic surgeon will also ask about your everyday activities, when your pain began and prior knee injuries or problems.
A physical examination can identify your knee problems by assessing the knee’s mobility, strength and alignment. An X-ray might be taken to evaluate the extent of damage or deformity in your knee. And to further determine the condition of the bone and soft tissues that make up your knee joint, blood tests, an MRI or magnetic resonance imaging scan, or bone density scan may be called for.
Ultimately, restoring the highest level of movement and function with the least amount of risk is your orthopaedic surgeon’s goal. And before surgery is recommended, non-surgical treatments, including lifestyle changes, medication, injections and physical therapy will be exhausted. For a majority of patients, non-surgical treatments provide adequate relief and recovery to return to the best possible quality of life.

Osteoarthritis

Often referred to as OA, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It most often occurs in middle-aged and older adults but can occur at any age if the joint has been damaged because of previous fractures or some type of childhood disorder. It is a progressive, degenerative disease and usually affects the large weight-bearing joints of the lower extremities, including hips and knees, but can often affect the spine, neck and hands.
The causes of osteoarthritis are simply not known at this time. What we do know is there are many factors which can increase your risk of developing it. Things like obesity, muscle weakness, heredity, previous joint injuries, childhood disorders, repetitive motion and aging all enter into the equation of why it can occur.

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