What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the leading type of arthritis affecting millions of patients. OA of the knee is the most common cause of disability in the aging population. It results from the degeneration of cartilage, which covers the ends of the bones in the knee. The loss of cartilage can result in a loss of normal alignment, increased friction with motion, loss of impact absorption, and loss of fit. All of these things contribute in some measure to the ultimate result of a painful, poorly working knee. It is believed that the average person takes about one million steps per year on each leg. OA of the knee can make each of these steps painful, eventually limiting function and lowering the quality of life.

Current Osteoarthritis Continuum of Care Therapies

Non-Medication Therapy

Many doctors will treat the beginning pain of OA with simple non-drug therapies such as suggesting weight loss, exercise, use of a cane, proper footwear and braces. Research has shown that weight loss and exercise together are better than either one alone for relieving the pain. These interventions are good low-cost, self-directed and low risk. Usually the non-drug interventions are not able to reduce the pain and restore function by themselves but they are useful and can be helpful when used along with certain medication treatments.

Medication Therapy

For early stages of OA, over the counter NSAID’s (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) such as, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®) may be useful for moderate pain relief. Other prescription medications are available for more severe OA pain, however all medications have side effects and risk factors. Constant use of these drugs may enhance side effects and must be closely monitored by your doctor.

Surgical Intervention

OrthoGlide® Lateral Knee Implant

A New Alternative for Patients with Osteoarthritis

The OrthoGlide® Lateral Knee Implant is a metallic, disc shaped device designed for patients who have pain on the one side of the knee and have exhausted all other non-surgical options. The OrthoGlide® has special design features that contour to surface of the tibia allowing fixation and provides an unconstrained, smooth top surface for the femur to move on. Insertion of the implant involves a minimally invasive procedure; requiring no bone cuts and a small two- inch incision. The OrthoGlide® does not “burn any bridges” or preclude, more invasive surgical procedures if needed. The OrthoGlide® is a minimally invasive alternative surgical option for people who have knee pain and do not want a total knee replacement.

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