Dr. Morgan is a renowned orthopedic surgeon serving the residents of McKinney, TX. He specializes in the treatment of a wide range of knee conditions, including Arthritis, ACL Tear, meniscus injuries etc.

Knee Arthritis

The knee joint comprises of three bones, namely the femur, tibia and patella. The ends of the bones are protected by thick layers of the cartilage which provide cushioning and lubrication to the joint. With the progression of age, the cartilage may start to wear and tear, leading to development of bone spurs. This results in inflammation of the joints thereby causing Knee Arthritis.
Arthritis can be classified into two types: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Causes Of Knee Arthritis

  • Increasing age
  • Obesity
  • Sports activities such as soccer, tennis or long-distance running
  • Hereditary factors
  • Previous joint injury
  • Damage to the joints due to some other disease

Symptoms Of Knee Arthritis

  • Gradual increase in pain
  • Tenderness and swelling
  • Buckling and locking of the joint
  • Cracking or popping sounds in the knee
  • Decreased range of motion due to loss of joint space

Diagnosis Of Knee Arthritis

Physical examination may be done to check for swelling, range of motion and instability in the knee. Imaging tests such as X-Rays may be conducted to confirm the cause of Knee Arthritis. An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan of the knee may also be recommended to get detailed images of soft tissues such as cartilage, tendons and muscles.

Treatment For Knee Arthritis

Depending on the level of pain and damage suffered by the patient, a specific treatment plan is recommended by the doctor.

Non-surgical methods

Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed to help in reducing pain and stiffness. Steroid injections may also be administered directly into the knee joint in order to reduce the discomfort.

  • Knee braces: The doctor may also recommend wearing knee braces to provide stability and support to the kneecap.
  • Exercises: Various exercises may help in strengthening the knee joints. The patient should follow the exercise plan designed by the doctor.
  • Ice packs: Application of ice packs also aids in reducing pain and inflammation.
  • Shoes or inserts: Supportive shoes or inserts help the patient to walk without any difficulty.

Surgical treatment

Surgery is the only option left if all the non-surgical methods fail. Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the
damaged parts of the knee. Osteotomy is another surgical method wherein the damaged bone of the knee is reshaped.

For treatment of Knee Arthritis and other orthopedic conditions, visit Dr. Morgan. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in McKinney, TX, call at (972) 727 – 9995.