Rheumatoid Arthritis Of Knee – Frisco, TX
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in diagnosing and treating different forms of Knee Arthritis. They aim at identifying the cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis of Knee to help patients find relief from pain and prevent further damage to the joint.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Of Knee

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder which provokes the body to attack its joints. The condition begins with damage to the joint lining and leads to gradual weakening of the bones as well as knee deformity. It is not age related and can affect people of both the genders. Rheumatoid Arthritis in the knee joint thickens the synovial membrane which lines the constituent bones. The membrane starts to secrete excessive synovial fluid which combines with the chemicals released by the immune system and causes inflammation in the knee. This causes damage to the cartilage and affects the normal functionality of the joint.

Causes Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Of Knee

  • Genetic factors
  • Over exposure to certain environmental agents such as silica, cigarette smoke or asbestos
  • Viral or bacterial infections

Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Of Knee

  • Pain which may increase after a period of inactivity
  • Tenderness around the joint when touched
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Warmth may spread around the knee
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • The knee tends to lock or a popping sound may be heard while moving
  • Formation of rheumatoid nodules under the skin

Diagnosis Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Of Knee

  • Clinical examination of the joint
  • Assessment of the symptoms, medical history and genetic disposition of the patient
  • X-ray imaging
  • MRI and CT scan to assess the damage caused to the soft tissues in the joint
  • Extraction of a sample of the synovial fluid for testing
  • Blood tests to determine the presence of RBCs, sedimentation rate and antibodies

Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis Of Knee

  • The treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Knee aims at minimizing pain and other symptoms besides preventing further aggravation of the condition. These may include.
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines or pain killers may be prescribed to combat pain and swelling
  • DMARD- Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs may be recommended to cease the progression of the condition
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy may help to minimize the severity of the symptoms
  • Maintain a healthy body weight to reduce joint stress
  • Injecting corticosteroids into the joint
  • Remain physically active
  • Use orthotic devices such as a walker or a cane to avoid weight-bearing
  • Knee replacement surgery may be required if the joint is damaged completely.
  • Synovectomy- Surgical extraction or removal of the inflamed lining within the joint

For treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Knee, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons in Frisco, TX, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.