The majority of people who develop osteoarthritis in Los Angeles are at 50 years or older, but it is not uncommon for a younger person to develop the condition. This joint disease involves the wearing away of weight-bearing cartilage and bone. One of the most common physical conditions, over three million cases of osteoarthritis are diagnosed every year.
Osteoarthritis was once believed to be just “wear and tear” on the joint as a natural part of aging. The condition is now viewed as a disease that attacks to the joints in the body. Several issues can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis in the knee joints, including:
Some genetic factors come into play, and it is believed that some people have a defect in the genetic code that directs collagen production in the body. Other patients may have inherited a minor flaw in how the knee joints fit together that lead to faster wearing of the cartilage.
When a person carries excess weight, it naturally places more stress on the weight-bearing joint at the knee. This causes the cushioning cartilage to wear away more quickly. It is believed by some researchers that the presence of excess fat in the body leads to the production of inflammatory chemicals that may damage the joint.
Some people have performed repetitive motions at work, in athletic pursuits, running, or other activity that eventually affects the function of the knee joint. Types of jobs that involve a great deal of time standing, lifting, or other similar activity can wear away the joint more rapidly. Injuries to joints such as damage from a fall, car accident, or other event can lead to a fracture which eventually leads to developing osteoarthritis.
As the condition progresses, small fragments of bone (called osteophytes) can become imbedded in the cartilage between the tibia (lower leg) and femur (upper leg). The tiny imbedded pieces of bone cause the cartilage that protects the joint to wear away and may lead to bone overgrowth.
Painful symptoms start to appear, including:
If you suffer from osteoarthritis in Los Angeles, you may have already moved through several phases of treatment, including the use of anti-inflammatory medications, painkillers, physical therapy, or using various supplements in the hope that surgery can be avoided. If you have tried to resolve the pain of knee osteoarthritis and are still suffering pain and limited motion, we invite you to find out if the Nanoknee procedure is appropriate for your case.
This less invasive, fast recovery partial or full knee replacement surgery allows you to get back to your life – and walking – immediately after surgery.
The musculoskeletal system of the human body is subject to degeneration over time. While symptoms of knee joint damage typically present after age 40, many patients suffer early degeneration of the bone and cartilage due to a genetic predisposition or trauma, developing osteoarthritis – a disease with no known cure.
As the condition advances the patient experiences higher levels of pain, and lack of mobility. As the knee bones rub together, bone spurs start to develop, with small pieces of bone or cartilage breaking off and becoming imbedded in the joint, creating further damage, pain, and swelling.
As there is no known cure for osteoarthritis, people suffering from the condition use various treatments to reduce pain and inflammation as it progresses. These treatments typically involve painkillers, flexibility exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, physical and occupational therapy, and the use of assistive devices. As the disease progresses, the patient may use a mechanized scooter, cane, walker, or other assistive device – reducing quality of life.
Knee replacement surgery is often the sole way for a patient to regain mobility. Traditional knee replacement surgery is invasive, requires a long recovery time, and is a very stressful experience – until the development of the revolutionary Nanoknee system.
Our groundbreaking approach to knee replacement surgery allows the patient to walk, with full weight-bearing capacity, immediately after surgery. The procedure is less invasive, less traumatic for the patient, and rehabilitation is managed from the comfort of your own home, in most cases.
If you are suffering with constant knee pain and now realize that surgery is your only option, we urge you to find out about the Nanoknee procedure before you make a decision about your surgeon. This groundbreaking surgical method allows you to return to your life just minutes after surgery, able to walk without pain and return to work or other activities far more quickly than traditional knee replacement surgery.
Most of our patients require no physical therapy other than simple exercises performed at home. Find out more about Nanoknee and allow one of our friendly team members to instantly verify that this innovative surgery is covered by your health insurance – and then meet with us to learn more about this less invasive, fast-track recovery knee surgery.
Minimally invasive total knee replacements in Los Angeles.