Osteonecrosis of the Knee
The bones require an active blood supply to remain healthy. When the flow of blood to a specific area of bone is limited, it may result in a knee condition known as osteonecrosis. The articular cartilage that covers the bone is affected by osteonecrosis and may eventually collapse. The ultimate result is the development of painful and debilitating arthritis.
The condition affects people of all ages, but especially those over the age of 60. Osteonecrosis responds better to conservative treatment options when the condition is diagnosed in the early stages. If left untreated, osteonecrosis will continue to cause progressive bone damage. Advanced cases require surgery to repair any damage to the bone. The object of treatment is to improve joint function and stability.
There are a number of factors that may lead to the development of osteonecrosis, including:
- Long-term steroid use
- Existing medical conditions
- Alcohol abuse
If you experience the symptoms of osteonecrosis, seek a diagnosis and treatment from Silicon Valley Orthopaedics as early as possible. If you do not receive effective treatment, the condition may progress to severe osteoarthritis.
Pain that develops around the front and inside of the knee is the first sign of osteonecrosis. The knee may be tender to the touch, and you will likely experience a limited range of motion. Do not hesitate to book an appointment at Silicon Valley Orthopedics if you suspect that your symptoms indicate osteonecrosis.
Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds can create a comprehensive treatment plan to slow down or halt the progression of osteonecrosis. We encourage patient-guided treatment at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics. You will benefit from effective rehabilitation to reduce pain and discomfort. This is in combination with physical therapy and surgical options, when appropriate.
Contact Silicon Valley Orthopaedics today to address the symptoms of osteonecrosis before the condition causes long-term damage to the knee joint.