Sometimes knee replacement surgery isn't the best option for a painful knee. Dr. Howell offers other treatment options ranging from injection therapy to outpatient arthroscopy to help get you back on your feet.
There are different types of injections that can be done to treat an arthritic knee:
Some arthritis patterns can be managed using a custom-fit brace that takes the pressure off of the area of the knee with arthritis allowing for decreased pain and swelling with activity. These braces are small enough to be worn under your normal clothes.
Sometimes knee pain is caused by another issue other than arthritis such as a torn meniscus. In these situations, an outpatient "scope" procedure may be the best choice for reducing knee pain and allowing you to return to more normal activities. Patients go home the same day and can usually return to two work in approximately two weeks.
Just like with the knee, there are some circumstances where hip replacement surgery isn't the best option for an individual patient. In this scenario, an x-ray or ultrasound guided steroid injection may help alleviate your hip pain until surgery is an option.