... was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis. I had a cortizone shot that did not work and then a series of Supartz injections in December. If anything the injections made my knee worse. The pain keeps me from sleeping and I'm reduced to walking with a cane now. I'm not sure what my next step is. I'm going to change my doctor as he doesn't appear to care to try or do anything to get this resolved. Any suggestions would be appreciated
I'm sorry the supartz injections didn't work for you. I had pretty good success with them prior to having my knee replaced.
A change of ortho dr is probably a good idea. You need someone that will be proactive. Have you been to any type of physical therapy? There are strengthening exercises that are really helpful in keeping your knee in the right position. Applying ice packs will help with swelling and pain, as will ibuprofen. Arthoscopic surgery may be an option for you. They can go in and smooth out rough areas, trim back torn edges of cartilage and scrape out calcium deposits.
There are actually any number of things that a good orthopedic dr can do for you. You just need to find one that's willing to work with you. I wish you the best of luck!
You can try wearing Knee Braces. The braces have straps tied to the thighs and the calf muscles and both of them are connected to a flexible steel joint that bends at the point of the bending of the knees. The braces helps you to transfer the load from the thighs directly on to the calf through the steel joint and this reduces the load taken by the knee. Many have found this to be very relieving of pain. One can walk and run with it. Those who were once quite crippled with Osteoarthritis are able to walk fast with this. You could try this.
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