Chronic knee pain is one of the most common pain complaints among older adults. Over time, the everyday wear and tear to our joints causes a deterioration of the cartilage. Cartilage is a flexible, rubbery substance which prevents the bones in joints from rubbing against each other, acting as a cushion. When this cushion undergoes degeneration, people experience pain, stiffness, and overall disability, among other complications, which is called degenerative joint disease. Degenerative joint disease, also referred to as osteoarthritis, is a common condition in adults over the age of 65, most often affecting the knees.
Since damaged cartilage tissue cannot repair itself due to the lack of blood vessels, this condition can be quite debilitating. However, there are options for treatment. Viscosupplementation, for example, is a widely used, non-surgical treatment for degenerative joint disease. The procedure involves injecting a lubricant, namely hyaluronic acid, into the problematic joint in order to reduce inflammation and pain due to arthritis. Viscosupplementation has been found to aid significantly with pain management and has also been found to delay the need for total joint replacement surgery.
If you suffer from chronic knee pain, call Hudson Medical at (646)-596-7386 and book your consultation now.
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