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Knee arthritis is essentially inflammation of your knee joint. This condition can be painful and may restrict your mobility. Your doctors, Dr. Babak Samimi, Dr. Soheil Samimi, and Dr. David Eldringhoff, of Samimi Orthopaedic Group, in West Covina and Los Angeles, CA, can help you diagnose and treat knee arthritis.

Types of Knee Arthritis

There are over 100 types of arthritis that can affect your knee joint. However, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common.

  • Osteoarthritis — Osteoarthritis of the knee joint occurs due to wearing away of the joint cartilage. It's a progressive degenerative condition typically occurring in people over 50 years old. The wearing away of the knee joint cartilage causes the bones to rub against each other.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis — Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder affecting multiple joints. It causes the synovial membrane of the joints to swell and joint stiffness.
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis — Arthritis can develop in your knee joint following trauma such as meniscal tears, broken bones, and ligament injuries.

Symptoms of Knee Arthritis

Signs of knee arthritis include:

  • Swelling around joint
  • Joint stiffness
  • Buckling in the knee joint
  • Pain in the joint that worsens in the morning or after extended rest
  • Knee locks during movement
  • Vigorous activity and changes in weather increase pain

What Your Doctor Can Do for You

Before treatment can begin, your West Covina and Los Angeles, CA, doctors at Samimi Orthopaedic Group will diagnose your type of knee arthritis. First, they will perform a physical exam on your knee to look for signs such as swelling, tenderness, injuries, and joint instability. Next, your doctor will perform imaging and laboratory tests to ensure you get a proper diagnosis.

Knee Arthritis Treatment

While there's no cure for knee arthritis, your doctor can develop a treatment plan to reduce your discomfort and improve your condition.

Non-surgical treatment for arthritis include:

  • Supportive devices
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication

When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve your discomfort, your doctor may suggest surgical intervention. Surgical options to improve your knee arthritis include:

  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery

Your doctors can do a lot to improve your knee arthritis and improve your quality of life. Schedule your consultation with your doctors, Dr. Samimi, Dr. Samimi, and Dr. Eldringhoff of Samimi Orthopaedic Group in West Covina and Los Angeles, CA, for knee arthritis treatment by calling:

West Covina (626) 338-7391

Los Angeles (310) 606-2156