Knee Inflammation Treatment in Lafayette, LA
The most common cause of knee inflammation is osteoarthritis, an age-related degenerative condition that develops gradually through constant wear and tear on the knee. Over time, the smooth cartilage lining of the knee joint can break down and wear away, leading to bone-on-bone contact. In response, the body may produce smooth bony deposits (bone spurs) to help protect the exposed bone surfaces. These degenerative changes in and around the knee joint can irritate nearby tissues and lead to knee inflammation, pain, and stiffness.
What Does Knee Inflammation Feel Like?
Because osteoarthritis typically progresses slowly, the resulting knee inflammation often worsens over several years. The primary symptom is pain, which can follow any of the following patterns:
- Mild tenderness that comes and goes
- Pain that occurs or intensifies during activities that strain the damaged knee joint, such as walking, climbing stairs, squatting, and kneeling
- Pain and stiffness that worsen with prolonged rest or inactivity
- A persistent, dull ache punctuated by periodic, intense pain flare-ups
How Is Knee Inflammation Treated?
In most cases, regular physical activity and body weight maintenance are key components of an effective treatment plan for knee inflammation, which may also incorporate lifestyle changes and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). A physician or physical therapist may suggest an exercise program to strengthen the muscles that support the knee, which in turn can alleviate pain by shifting the burden of body weight away from the inflamed joint. Low-impact activities such as walking and swimming can be excellent options.
While the degenerative process that leads to knee inflammation cannot be reversed or halted, many people are able to effectively manage their discomfort. In very severe cases, a knee replacement procedure may be considered.
For a comprehensive assessment of your knee inflammation, you can turn with confidence to Peter D. Vizzi, MD. With an office conveniently located in Lafayette, Louisiana, Dr. Vizzi is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who offers both conservative and surgical treatment options for a variety of conditions that cause knee inflammation. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.