Joint Preservation for Osteoarthritis

///Joint Preservation for Osteoarthritis

Joint Preservation as a Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment

Osteoarthritis and knee arthritis affects millions of Americans and causes knee pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition caused by wearing down of articular cartilage over time. Articular cartilage is the smooth, white, protective covering on the ends of each bone that allow for fluid and painless movement. As the cartilage deteriorates, there may also be may damage to the subchondral bone and surrounding soft structures. Joint preservation for osteoarthritis may provide benefit for those patients who are unable or not ready to proceed with replacement surgery. This surgical procedure is performed by Dr. Mark Getelman, board certified knee surgeon, for certain patients to alleviate chronic knee pain when a knee replacement is not an option. Van Nuys, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles, California patients wanting to defer knee replacement surgery may be ideal candidates for this procedure.

Joint preservation for osteoarthritis procedures have gained popularity over the years as more patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee wish to prolong knee replacement. Not all patients are ideal candidates for knee replacement surgery because of age, weight or daily activity level. Arthroscopic debridement for osteoarthritis has the ability to remove bone spurs and loose bodies, smooth rough surfaces and address meniscal pathology and other abnormalities causing a decrease in the knee’s range of motion and pain level.

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Joint Preservation for Osteoarthritis Repair Protocols

Joint preservation for osteoarthritis procedures may be beneficial in patients suffering from some degree of osteoarthritis of the knee. A physical therapy program will be prescribed by Dr. Getelman and will focus on the knee’s range of motion, reactivation of the quadriceps muscle and decreasing pain. Patients are required to follow the prescribed rehabilitation program in order to achieve a full recovery.

Patients in the Van Nuys, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles, California area suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee and wanting to prolong knee replacement are encouraged to contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Mark Getelman, knee surgeon, for more resources on joint preservation for osteoarthritis treatment options.