Knee arthritis can be very disabling.  Patients complain of pain, swelling, locking, decreased movement and instability.

Treatment will depend on your type of pain, daily activities, night pain, night pain needing analgesia and previous treatment.

 

Conservative treatment

  • Activity modification
  • Weight control
  • Analgesia and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Bracing
  • Inner soles
  • Physiotherapy
  • Crutches/walking stick
  • Injections.

 

Surgery

The type of surgery will depend on your age, mechanical alignment, compartmental involvement and previous treatment.

  • Arthroscopy
  • High tibial or distal femur osteotomies
  • Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty
  • Total knee replacement.