Knee Replacement Alternatives

Knee pain can be extremely debilitating and negatively affect quality of life. As the body ages, the joints begin to deteriorate which can lead to arthritis. In some cases, pain is so severe that your doctor may recommend a knee replacement. Today, there are a variety of knee replacement alternatives for patients who want to delay or postpone knee replacement surgery. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine offers knee arthritis treatment to patients living in the Dallas, Ft. Worth and Arlington area.

Anatomy of the Knee

The knee is the largest and most complex joint in the body. The femur (thighbone), patella (kneecap) and tibia (shinbone) are the three bones that make up the knee. Each bone is covered by articular cartilage that helps the knee joint smoothly bend and straighten. Two menisci between the thighbone and shinbone act as shock absorbers to cushion and stabilize the knee joint. In addition to the articular cartilage and meniscus, the synovial membrane covers the bones in the knee and releases a fluid that lubricates the cartilage to reduce friction within the joint.

Types of Knee Arthritis

There are three major types of arthritis that can affect the knee.

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