Knee Arthritis Specialist

Christopher Farrell, M.D. -  - Orthopedic Surgery

Maryland Orthopedic Institute

Christopher Farrell, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery located in Bethesda, MD

At Maryland Orthopedic Institute, Dr. Christopher Ferrell treats many types of arthritis, including arthritis affecting the knee. In fact, many men and women in Bethesda, Maryland wouldn’t consider turning to any other orthopedic specialist for their knee arthritis needs. His unique blend of expertise and compassion places him among the most highly sought-after specialists in the region. If you’re ready to take a closer look at treatment options for arthritis of the knee, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or using the simple online scheduling tool.

Knee Arthritis Q & A

What is knee arthritis?

Knee arthritis is the presence of inflammation in your knee joint. It’s an incredibly common complaint, especially among older men and women. While there are nearly 100 different types of arthritis, only three types commonly affect the knee joint.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a progressive type of inflammation that slowly wears away the cartilage in your knee. Most people don’t begin to experience this type of arthritis until middle age or later.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of autoimmune disease and can occur at any age. The disease causes your body’s immune system to attack your joints mistakenly, causing inflammation and pain.

Post-traumatic arthritis

This type of arthritis occurs after a knee injury. Many people develop post-traumatic arthritis after a ligament injury, knee fracture, or torn meniscus.

What are the symptoms of knee arthritis?

Most men and women with knee arthritis report a gradual worsening of symptoms over time, although sudden onset is possible. The more common symptoms of knee arthritis include:

 

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Sounds in the knee joint, like cracking, popping, or grinding
  • A sensation of weakness in the knee
  • Symptoms that are worse in the morning or after a period of rest

 

If you notice these symptoms, or if you only notice that you aren’t able to enjoy your daily routines due to knee discomfort, reach out and schedule an appointment with Dr. Farrell as soon as possible.

What are some treatment options for knee pain?

While there is no cure for arthritis, there are treatment options that can improve the condition. Some people find relief through lifestyle modifications. They might change their fitness routine to lower impact activities, shed excess weight, or avoid specific movements that cause a flare-up.

 

For others, physical therapy can yield impressive results. Physical therapy focuses on improving your range of motion and strengthening the muscles that support proper knee function.

 

Surgery can offer a more aggressive method of treating arthritis, and some procedures can be completed using arthroscopy. Cartilage grafting, osteotomy, synovectomy and total or partial knee replacement are notable surgical options.

 

If you believe that sore and aching knees are just another part of growing older, you may want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Farrell to discuss the latest treatment options. There are ways to reduce the pain of knee arthritis and enable improved joint function.