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Knee Arthritis is slightly more common than Hip Arthritis, and occurs in many more patterns than in the hip. A knee is composed of 3 main compartments, with any combination of these compartments making a knee painful. The medial (inside) of the knee is the most common type of knee arthritis. Inflammation, swelling and pain at night are the common features, leading to inability to walk longer distances.

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The image on the left shows an arthritic hip. The symptoms that you would experience with hip arthritis are:

  • Joint Stiffness
  • Decreased walking distance
  • Night pain
  • Difficulties climbing up and down stairs
  • A limp.

Once knee arthritis is suspected, non operative modalities are optimised to manage the pain.

When you develop knee arthritis, the symptoms can be relatively mild. You will have more good days than bad days, and only notice pain during extended activity. It is important during that time to avoid long term inflammation, which can damage the joint further. The modalities to decrease pain and inflammation in the knee follow similar principles to hip arthritis, however physiotherapy can play a much larger role in alleviating knee arthritis.

  1. Regular Panadol Osteo – This is the same as regular Panadol (Paracetamol) however the dose per tablet is slightly higher. This means that you should only take up to a maximum of 6 tablets per day rather than the usual 8 for Panadol.
  2. Glucosamine and Fish Oil – A large study performed in the USA found that there was a benefit in approximately 2/3rds of patients suffering from pain from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. This helped to reduce the perceived pain. Glucosamine and Fish oil act as a natural anti-inflammatory and can be a great supplement to your usual medications as the risks are comparatively low. Fish oil has other beneficial effects for the rest of the your body, not just your joints. These agents will never repair cartilage, but can act to prevent inflammation which can be harmful to a joint.
  3. Anti-inflammatory medication – Taken in short spurts, this can be a safe and effective method to reduce pain. Anti-inflammatory medication can interact with other medications, so ensure that you check with your doctor first. You should only take this sort of medication on a short burst regimen. A few days on and then a few days off.
  4. Weight loss – maintaining a healthy weight will decrease pain on any joint.
  5. Physiotherapy to maintain good strength and stability of the muscles surrounding the knee.

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Operative Treatment

As the osteoarthritis in the knee worsens, you will find that the above modalities will fail to manage the pain. When this occurs, operative management would be beneficial. There are many options for patients when’d deciding on how their knee replacement will be performed. Many of these are historical, whilst some are very new. A technique that blends the safety of tried and tested alignment principles, with the precision of the most accurate methods is Patient Specific Technology. This allows the surgeon to pre-operatively plan the surgery in a 3D Space. This allows the surgery to essentially be performed many weeks before the actual operation (in a virtual world). The safety and accuracy this provides is exceptional.

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A Jig is fitted to the knee during surgery, resulting in a custom made, patient specific cutting technique. This is a refined option, resulting in accurate prosthesis position every time.

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Orthopaedics 360 are proud to be partnered with Rugby Union SA. With one of the most active sporting clubs in South Australia, we have acknowledged the growing need for customised care for the growing and established athletes.

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