Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

Arthritis in the Knee

ortho kneeArthritis usually strikes one or more joints in individuals over age 50 and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Arthritis can impact many areas of the body including the hips.

The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis occurs as your joints lose the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber. Without this cushioning, moving your joints becomes painful, and in an attempt to replace the padding, your body produces synovium, a fluid in the joint lining. Synovium production causes swelling, which restricts motion and leads to pain.

To diagnose arthritis in your knees, our orthopedists will perform the “grind test” by adding weight to your knee and moving it around. Arthritis exists where you experience pain.

X-rays can also identify areas of inflammation. Your orthopedist could also recommend a bone scan if you’re experiencing pain but have normal X-rays.

What are the symptoms and treatments?

The most common symptom associated with arthritis is pain that usually increases with joint use. Other symptoms include swelling, warmth to the touch, grinding in the joints, and small cysts that appear on the fingers.

Our orthopedists often recommend non-surgical treatments first to address arthritis pain, including anti-inflammatory medications, splinting, and injections. If these strategies fail, surgery is an option, including joint fusions – where the joints no longer move – and joint replacements. Discuss your condition with your physician to determine which procedure might be appropriate for your needs.