Knee Pain Relief

Is knee pain stopping you from doing the things you want to do?

living without knee painJoint pain afflicts millions of people in the United States, so you’re not alone.

The most common cause for knee pain is Arthritis, an inflammation of the joint. There are two primary types of arthritis in the knee: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease which wears away the “cushioning” cartilage in the joints. When cartilage wears away, the bones rub against each other, causing swelling, stiffness, instability and in some cases deformity and loss of range of knee motion. While osteoarthritis usually occurs in people over age 50, it can occur at any age, particularly after injury if bone and cartilage do not heal properly.

Rheumatoid arthritis
is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that also results in stiffness and swelling. The disease process may lead to deterioration of multiple joints resulting in severe pain and preventing joints from functioning normally.

Another cause of knee joint malfunction is Avascular Necrosis which may occur when poor blood circulation limits bloodflow to the bones that form the knee joint. This condition often results in sudden and severe onset of knee pain.

Our Approach to Knee Pain Treatment

Where appropriate, we employ a conservative course of nonsurgical in-office treatment to relieve knee pain and inflammation.

Our Nonoperative Care Program includes:
Weight Loss – the knee supports 3xs the body weight in pressure during normal walking, causing stress across the joint
Lifestyle modification –limit standing or walking, and use of a walking aid Physical therapy – improve knee strength and flexibility through select exercise
Unloader Knee Brace – there are multiple types of knee braces that provide relief for knee pain. Unloader braces can transfer the weight to the healthy side of the knee. These braces are custom made to match the patient’s body and lifestyle requirements. While they won’t correct osteoarthritis in the knee, they can relieve osteoarthritic pain.
Anti-inflammatory medications – reduce inflammation associated with arthritis
Cortisone injections – anti-inflammatory medicine that can decrease knee pain
Joint Fluid Supplement Injections (Euflexxa®, Synvisc®) –acts as a lubricant in the knee joint, potentially reducing bone-on-bone pain
Our Nonoperative Care Program may enable patients to sustain active mobility without surgery lasting weeks, months or years, depending on the individual.

When we’ve explored all appropriate nonoperative care options, it is time to consider knee replacement surgery. At Napa Valley Joint Replacement Center, we provide state-of-the-art technology, equipment and a choice of knee implants. We offer the following knee replacement surgeries:

Partial Knee Replacement (PKR)
MAKOplasty®  Partial Knee Resurfacing
Total Knee Replacement using Computer Navigation
Bilateral Knee Replacement
Revision Knee Replacement

Knee Pain Treatment

Partial Knee Replacement

In partial knee replacement, only the damaged surface of the knee joint is replaced, leaving healthy bone and tissue intact. About 20% of our patients are potential candidates for partial knee replacement and average recovery time is about one-half that of total knee replacement recovery.Partial knee replacements can be performed as outpatient (same day) surgery… (read more)

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing is a innovative treatment option for adults living with early to midstage osteoarthritis (OA) in either the medial (inner), patellofemoral (top), or both compartments of the knee. The surgery is powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows for consistently reproducible results in precision partial knee resurfacing…. (read more)

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement is now arguably the most successful surgical procedure in orthopaedics. It produces a prosthetic joint that closely approximates normal anatomic functions and is relatively painless. More importantly, it restores quality of life and a return to regular activity… (read more)

Bilateral Knee Replacement

We offer bilateral knee replacement surgery for qualified candidates. Having both knees replaced on the same day is a good option for those who do not want to undergo the surgery and postoperative rehabilitation twice… (read more)

Computer Assisted Knee Replacement

We use computer navigation in over 95% of our knee replacements. Employing using a computer-assisted device during surgery has three potential advantages: less damaging to bone; greater accuracy; and there may be less blood loss… (read more)

Revision Knee Replacement

Joint replacement is one of the most common and successful procedures performed by orthopaedic surgeons, but not every procedure is successful. The goals of a joint replacement are to decrease or eliminate pain from an arthritic joint and improve mobility/joint function. Evaluation is warranted when a joint replacement is not achieving reducing or eliminating pain at the join… (read more)