Since Osteoarthritis is such a common problem, the number of treatments available in various modes for knee osteoarthritis to avoid total knee replacement is increasing in numbers day by day and scientific groups across the world are finding the evidences behind all the treatments and its efficacy in patients who undergo the treatments to pacify their pain and stiffness in their knees.
In this riveting blog, we will study the common scientific evidences available for the treatments of osteoarthritis to avoid total knee replacement as issued by The American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons (AAOS)
It is a scientifically proven that doing exercises will help the patient’s knees and it also strongly shown to reduce the pain, inflammation and stiffness in joints.
- Weight Loss:
Obesity is the major factor for the cartilage damage and Knee OA. Since obesity limits the person’s ability to do his/her daily activities thereby resulting in pain, inflammation, weakness of muscle around the joints and results in stiffness. Evidences suggest that weight loss will help in the management of OA.
- Physical Agents (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) :
It is reported that physical agents and efficacy response was mixed because of contradictions in findings in very larger groups. According to AAOS effectiveness of physical agents and combination is very inconclusive due to lack of compelling evidence. Study result showed no significant effects on pain, physical mobility or ambulation time at 4, or 12 or 26 weeks.
- Hyaluronic Acid Injections:
OA patient usually lack a critical substance in their synovial fluid called Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid breaks down in the synovial fluids and loss contributes to the joint pain and stiffness. According to AAOS hyaluronic acid injections are not recommended strongly since pain score, functions, stiffness sub-scales never really improved after injections.
According to American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Acupuncture is strongly not recommended for patients with symptomatic OA of the knee. The strong denial was based on lack of efficacy and not any potential harm.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually used to relieve some symptoms. However It is to be strongly noted that these drugs can’t cure OA and they will help you in getting relieved from pain only as long as one continues to take them.
7. Arthroscopy with Lavage and Debridement:
It is stated that the clinical benefit of arthroscopy is very limited and it is not effective in patients with symptomatic OA of the knee. Infections, venous thrombosis are usually associated with arthroscopy.
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