At Santa Rosa Orthopaedics (SRO), a collaborative team of multi-specialist orthopedic surgeons and experienced physical and occupational therapists work together to bring the best outcomes to patients dealing with chronic knee issues including pain relief, recovery and rehabilitation.

As the largest joint in the body the knee is extremely vulnerable to injury. In fact, more than 10 million people seek out a doctors’ advice every year due to common knee injuries including; fractures, dislocations, sprains, and ligament tears, and knee injury is considered one of the most top reasons people see their doctors. Another leading cause of knee pain is osteoarthritis of the knee and this is something nearly 5 out of 10 people are likely to develop in their later years.

Many knee injuries can be successfully treated with procedures such as change in lifestyle, bracing, injections and rehabilitation exercises. Other injuries may require surgery to correct. An injured knee can obviously affect mobility, and clearly a healthy knee is necessary for basic every day movements such as sitting, standing and walking. But chronic, unrelenting knee pain can also lead to health complications and certainly diminished quality of life.

Common treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee may include lifestyle changes such as incorporating moderate exercise, diet and weight control, and physical therapy to help strengthen muscles and improve mobility. Other options for pain control include oral pain relievers such as acetaminophen, NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors, as well as topical pain-relieving creams that are applied to the skin.

Today there are also a variety of injections that are being used to treat knee pain. For adults with osteoarthritis, the use of one-time injections such as viscosupplement injections can provide pain relief for long periods of up to six months in some patients. Also called hyaluronic acid injections, these substances, which mimic healthy joint fluid, are injected directly into the knee joint to create a cushion, and supplement damaged joint fluid helping to reduce pain. A series of three to five weekly injections is required for this type of therapy. These injections are beneficial for early stage arthritis that does not responded well to oral medication.

Another treatment for relief of knee pain is synthetic cortisone injections, which have been successfully used to temporarily relieve pain and reduce swelling for many years. Cortisone is actually produced naturally in the human body by the adrenal gland and is released into the bloodstream at the first sign of stress, while injectable cortisone is synthetically produced and injected directly into the joint to provide days of pain relief.

SRO has set the model for exceptional orthopedic care for more than 60 years. In addition, SRO offers a broad range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments aimed at conditions that commonly affect bones, joints, tendons connective tissues and ligaments. To make an appointment or to learn more about SRO Orthopedic Surgeons, please visit our website.