Osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems faced in the UK. Often the result of 'wear & tear' as we age, however, early onset can be the result of sporting injury.
As results with total knee replacements in active patients often proving unsatisfactory, every care should be taken to avoid this inevitable conclusion. Early treatment is key, in tackling the risk factors, but pain management and mobility maintenance should be maximised until such time surgical replacement is needed. This has been proven possible to extend the life of an affected Knee by years, and possibly negating the need for replacement at all. Treatment includes a combination of Physiotherapy, with Corticosteroid or Ostenil injections and exercise.