Arthritis is a condition in which the joints become inflamed, often affecting the knee joints. While arthritis is commonly associated with joint wear, a physical injury to the knee can also lead to the development of arthritis, termed “post-traumatic arthritis.”
Post-Traumatic Arthritis is a common form of osteoarthritis and occurs due to a physical injury. The injury can damage the cartilage or bone which in turn change the mechanics of the joint making it wear out quickly. Post traumatic arthritis causes about 12% of osteoarthritis in the joints, this means that it affects around 5.6 million people in the U.S.
Symptoms of post- traumatic arthritis include; joint pain, swelling, fluid accumulation in the joint, and decreased tolerance for walking, sports, stairs and other activities that place stress on the joint.
There are no proven treatments for post- traumatic arthritis. Most people start with weight loss and low impact exercise. Non- steroidal anti- inflammatory medications are used to help alleviate the pain. The joint can also be injected with a cortisone shot. All these just temporarily relieve pain. When the non-surgical treatments are no longer effective, surgery can help provide the long-lasting relief.
The knee joint may have been damaged in a sports injury, a car accident, in a combat-related injury, from an earlier joint surgery, or other physical impact. The bone and cartilage are impacted, altering the function of the joint and causing faster wear on the bone and cartilage.
The symptoms often develop after some type of trauma to the knee joint, and can include:
There are several treatments available for post-traumatic arthritis, including physical therapy, the use of pain medications, and various types of injections. If you have already tried a range of treatments and still suffer pain and lack of mobility, you may require surgical intervention.
Unfortunately, joint degeneration from post-traumatic arthritis has no known cure. A person suffering from the condition, whether from a sports injury, accident, impact, or combat-related injury, has only a few options – most of which are focused on reducing pain and inflammation to maintain some level of mobility.
It may be impossible to get through a day without pain medication when the condition has advanced. Eventually, the only option left to the patient who wants to maintain mobility will be to undergo knee replacement surgery.
Traditional knee replacement surgery can be risky, as the surgeon evaluates the condition of the knee joint only after opening the knee area with incisions, after which he or she makes an approximation for a series of bone cuts. At Nanoknee, we take advantage of advanced digital technology to create an accurate 3D model of the patient’s actual knee joint, created from digital scans of the joint, to plan the surgery and implant placement, so nothing is left to chance.
We use an advanced, minimally invasive surgical technique with a fast-track recovery. You will be able to stand, with full weight-bearing capacity, on the repaired knee within 30 to 45 minutes after surgery. Rather than a long, painful, and difficult recovery, involving the use of crutches, a walker, or a cane, and an extensive rehabilitation, you will recover quickly,
Your rehabilitation will be performed at home with simple exercises, with digital monitoring of daily progress, and 24/7 access to our compassionate and committed staff. Nanoknee has revolutionized knee replacement surgery for those with post-traumatic arthritis or other form of knee joint degeneration, with Nanoknee clinics now located in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and Pismo Beach.
When surgery is your next step, it is important that you find out about Nanoknee.
This full or partial knee replacement surgery is an innovation that allows for a much faster recovery, and reduced risk of complications. The Nanoknee benefits include:
Every person has a unique physiology, and in planning surgery we use a 3D modeling system to determine implant size and orientation for superior results. Your implant will be customized to suit your body, rather than the less accurate traditional method of making incisions and a surgeon making an approximate guess about which implant will work best. We don’t use a guessing game, but create a surgical plan based upon your individual body.
The Nanoknee procedure is less invasive and causes less trauma for a faster recovery.
Our patients can walk on a knee that is capable of full weight-bearing only minutes after the surgery is completed. Only two or three hours after surgery, you can return home to rest, with no need (in most cases) for a hospital stay. You can return to most of your activities (while still avoiding high-impact sports for a period) within weeks – not suffering through months of painful recovery.
Our patients typically can walk within 30 to 45 minutes after surgery, manage stairs unaided within a few days, and can enjoy low-impact exercise such as swimming, biking, and hiking within a few weeks -- and will not require physical therapy. While every person will vary in healing time, the Nanoknee procedure was developed to make the process of repairing a knee joint much less traumatic.
Our pain management protocol involves the use of long-acting local anesthetic and regional anesthesia, allowing our patients to reduce or avoid the need for any opioid-based medications. Many of those we treat can manage any lingering pain just with Tylenol – an advantage for patients who have sensitivity to these medications or prefer to avoid their use.
Amongst the most educated and highly-recommended knee specialists in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, and Bakersfield.