Injury or disease that greatly impairs the function of the knee can be devastating to your quality of life. In many cases, total knee replacement surgery is the best treatment option. However, if you are apprehensive about surgery or your orthopaedic surgeon believes it’s not the best option for you, there are alternative treatment methods. They include:
Synvisc Injections: If osteoarthritis is the cause of your knee pain, Synvisc shots may be right for you. These injections are comprised of a natural substance that mimics joint fluid and provides a cushion around the bones. Many patients notice significant pain relief about a month after their first injection, and relief can last as long as six months before another shot is needed.
Carticel: If your knee pain is the result of an injury, Carticel could be a wonderful option. This revolutionary treatment uses your very own cultured cells to repair knee injuries. You may still require minor knee surgery to prepare the area for healing, but the surgery will be decidedly less extensive than total knee replacement.
Physical Therapy: Some knee conditions may respond well to physical therapy under the observation of an orthopaedic doctor. In some cases, physical therapy can bring total rehabilitation. In other cases, physical therapy may allow you to regain enough use of your knee to be able to delay total knee replacement for many years.
Since every situation is unique and each of these alternatives works best on different types of cases, it’s important to talk with your orthopaedic surgeon in detail. Be sure to ask questions and discuss your concerns so that you have a full understanding of your options and the individual risks of each.
For more information about knee replacement options, or if you need an orthopaedic doctor, contact Joliet’s MK Orthopaedics. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Call (815) 741-6900 to schedule your appointment today or to learn more about our doctors and services.