Imagine being able to walk along the beach with your spouse, enjoying the sound of the crashing waves and the radiant sunset. The peace of comfort and enjoying your days with your loved ones is hard to put a price tag on. Unfortunately, after just a short stroll down a sandy beach, knee arthritis can cause pain, swelling, and days of discomfort afterwards.
This is a sad but true reality for many of my patients. There are a variety of treatments that we recommend for managing knee arthritis. I have another blog post where I provided an overview of these different options. Today I want to share with you a new treatment option we have available at Davis Orthopedics in case the other options either don’t work or are simply not appealing.
This treatment is a more natural way of approaching the problem, using your own body’s defense and recovery systems to help keep you active and moving. The treatment is known as Platelet Rich Plasma. This fits in the same...
Surgery is a very effective solution but that doesn’t mean that it is the only thing that works to treat the problem.
I recently saw someone in my office that was visiting from out of town. She has pretty bad knee arthritis but was scared to have knee replacement surgery. She has been dealing with her pain and limited function by taking some medication and some supplements and has started using a cane to help with her balance. She expressed some frustration to me about how her doctor back at home treated her. He had suggested to her that she needed to have knee replacement surgery and when she was reluctant to proceed with that, he made her feel like she was wasting his time.
As a surgeon myself, I spend time in the operating room and around other surgeons so I understand how they think and how they approach problems. Surgery is a very specialized skill and most surgeons feel like they are helping patients most when they are doing surgery.
If all you have is a hammer,...