Knee Arthritis Specialist

Specialty Orthopaedics

Samuel Park, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Hinsdale, IL & Chicago, IL

If you are suffering from knee arthritis, in Hinsdale, Illinois don’t have to struggle with knee arthritis any longer. With the help of leading orthopedic surgeon Samuel Park, MD at Specialty Orthopaedics, you can get knee arthritis treatment right away. Whether you have knee arthritis or aren’t quite sure what’s causing your knee pain, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Park. You can book your appointment by using the online scheduling system or by calling the clinic.

Knee Arthritis Q & A

How does arthritis affect the knee?

While medical experts recognize over 100 types of arthritis, three primary kinds can affect your knee: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of knee arthritis, is degenerative. This arthritis stems from years of use and causes cartilage in your knee to wear away gradually.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning your immune system is attacking healthy tissues. Not only do cartilage and ligaments in your knee break down, rheumatoid arthritis eventually leads to bone softening. Post-traumatic arthritis causes scar tissue growth and tissue damage to develop after trauma to bones or soft tissues in your knee.  

Will I know if I have knee arthritis?

Since most forms of knee arthritis occur gradually over an extended period, pay attention to subtle differences that may signal that arthritis is developing. You may experience some or any of the following:

  • Knee pain and stiffness
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Abnormal grinding sensation
  • Difficulty walking or standing

While older men and women are more likely to develop arthritis, knee arthritis can affect younger people as well. If you’re an athlete, for instance, years of wear and tear from overuse can increase your risk of developing knee arthritis during younger years.

Can I get treatment for knee arthritis?

By starting treatment at the first sign of knee arthritis, you can minimize the condition’s progression. Dr. Park uses a combination of a physical exam, imaging, and sometimes blood work to determine the severity of your knee arthritis. Once he understands what’s going on, he can tailor your treatment plan, which can include:

  • Low-impact exercises at home
  • Physical therapy sessions
  • Wearing a knee brace
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid or viscosupplementation ("lubricating gel") injections

Surgery is the last resort for treating knee arthritis. Dr. Park specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to repair cartilage, remove scar tissue, or make other corrections. In severe cases, you could need a partial or total knee replacement if conservative treatments aren’t relieving your symptoms.

Book your knee arthritis evaluation at Specialty Orthopaedics by using the online scheduling system. You can also call the office to book your visit.