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Osteoarthritis ... 'Wear and Tear' on the Knees

Osteoarthritis ... 'Wear and Tear' on the Knees

Knee problems are a common sign of aging, and the number of knee replacement surgeries is increasing. Last year, about 700,000 knee replacements were performed in the U.S. For most patients, the cause is osteoarthritis, often called “wear and tear arthritis.”

As we get older, the natural cushioning between joints --- cartilage --- wears away, causing the bones of the joints to rub against one another. This repeated rubbing results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and decreased mobility. Some of the factors that contribute to osteoarthritis are age, obesity, heredity and repetitive stress injuries. And you are at higher risk of developing osteoarthritis if your job or sports activities include repeated stress on the knees, such as bending, climbing, squatting or running.

In its early stages, physicians usually prescribe nonsurgical treatments for osteoarthritis, such as physical therapy, cortisone injections, ice and heat applications, and anti-inflammatory medications. But many patients eventually require partial or total knee replacement surgery.

Fortunately, knee replacement surgery is one of the most common and successful of all orthopedic procedures. It involves removing damaged bone and cartilage and replacing it with an artificial joint. Advances in technology, such as Mako’s Robotic-Arm Assisted procedure, provide increased precision and control, minimal scarring, and faster recovery time.

Talk to your physician to find out if knee replacement surgery is right for you. And if you want to learn more about Mako technology, click here or call (225) 763-4298.

Niels J. LinschotenNiels J. Linschoten, MD
Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic

Phone: (225) 478-8722