Knee issues are widespread in the US and can go years without being seen by an orthopedic. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are many different treatment options that are available, and you do not have to live with the pain. Physical therapy plays a huge role in treating osteoarthritis, along with anti-inflammatory medications, and different injection types.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a wear-and-tear condition that typically affects people as they age. Over time, the normally smooth cartilage of a healthy knee weakens and breaks down causing increased pain. The most common symptoms of knee osteoarthritis are pain, decreased range of motion, knee stiffness/swelling, feeling that the knee may “give out”; or a knee popping/cracking sensation. Ehrhard works in the Lawrenceburg Beacon location and has extensive experience in the evaluation and management of a variety of orthopedic conditions, as well as advanced training in ultrasound and X-ray guided injections. He notes that injection treatments and physical therapy can be an effective option for many patients.
Patients have had great success pairing injection treatments such as corticosteroid injections, joint fluid therapy or visco-supplementation injections, and physical therapy work towards getting back to an active and comfortable lifestyle. When you start to experience osteoarthritis symptoms, contact your doctor for a referral for a physical therapist. Osteoarthritis does not have to bring you to your knees, but instead, you can overcome it.
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