Dr. Agnew says: “I encourage people to see an orthopedic surgeon for their knee pain when it significantly limits their activities or disrupts their sleep. If you can no longer play golf, walk in the park or get down on the ground with your grandchildren, it may be time to try some conservative treatment options. Patients can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and consider using a brace or cane for added support. Next, we encourage patients to eat healthy and lose weight to lessen the stress exerted on their joints. A home exercise or physical therapy program also helps keep patients active while improving the strength and motion of the diseased joints. Lastly, injection therapy may provide relief and delay surgery.
“Once conservative methods no longer help control the pain, patients can consider surgical options such as knee replacement. As a team, the orthopedic surgeon works together with the patient and family members to determine and implement an appropriate treatment plan that sets realistic expectations and ultimately restores a better quality of life.”
D. Kelly Agnew, M.D., is a board-certified joint reconstruction surgeon at Tri Rivers. He treats hip and knee arthritis and performs total hip and knee replacement surgery, arthroscopic knee surgery and injection therapy for arthritic conditions.