The knee is the largest and one of the most complex joints in the body. However, it also endures the most stress and damage.
Fortunately, there are several ways to avoid knee surgery and prevent knee joint damage.
Weight Loss and Exercise
Losing extra weight can relieve the excess pressure on your knees. Weight loss can also reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. Regular exercise provides a variety of health benefits, including strong and flexible muscles.
Physical therapy can prevent degeneration or manage your existing knee condition. It can improve mobility and joint function, reduce pain and prevent more damage.
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure in which a small camera is used to look inside the damaged knee joint, make small incisions and repair the knee. Arthroscopic surgery is less painful with a shorter recovery time.
A knee osteotomy refers to surgery involving removal or addition of a piece of bone to the thigh or shin bone. This can be done to re-distribute the weight such that pressure is shifted off the knee.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Injection
PRP refers to Platelet Rich Plasma. The PRP therapy is a regenerative medicine treatment that uses platelets from the patient’s own blood to allow the damaged joint to heal and increase mobility. It is a non-invasive procedure with brief recovery time and barely any risk of infection or rejection.
Consult your knee doctor before exploring any alternatives to total knee replacement surgery. To learn more about the best knee replacement doctors and PRP therapy specialists, call OSPI Arizona at 480-899-4333. OSPI’s Board Certified orthopedic surgeons have extensive experience and expertise in sports medicine, general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.