When a patient has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, the first step in treatment is to try and determine ways to avoid those activities that cause the symptoms. If surgery is the recommended course of action, Dr. LaPrade will discuss each technique and offer a treatment solution based upon the progression of the disease.
While one thinks about total joint replacement as a common treatment of osteoarthritis, most patients with arthritis can put off joint replacement or avoid it altogether by undergoing other arthroscopic joint preservation techniques. Osteoarthritis treatment can be performed arthroscopically in many patients to clean out the irritated joint lining, to trim out any areas of a meniscal tear, to smooth off the cartilage surfaces, and to remove any bone spurs that may be limiting knee motion. Dr. LaPrade in an expert in the following osteoarthritis treatment: