Does bending and straightening your leg hurt your knee? Is your knee stiff and swollen? Does the thought of climbing stairs seem daunting? You probably have arthritis of the knee and need to see a highly skilled orthopedist in 89052 to treat your knee pain. Dr. Richard Woodworth of Woodworth Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is the doctor you can trust to correctly diagnose and treat your knee pain. He is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports related injuries and joint reconstruction. He excels in the latest techniques and procedures of orthopedic care. With a passion for minimally invasive procedures, his practice focuses on arthroscopy and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle.
Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. Any joint in the body may be affected by the disease, but it is particularly common in the knee. Knee arthritis can make it hard to do many everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. It is a major cause of lost work time and a serious disability for many people. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but there are more than 100 different forms. In 2012, more than 51 million people reported that they had been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, according to the National Health Interview Survey. While arthritis is mainly an adult disease, some forms affect children. Although there is no cure for arthritis, your orthopedist in 89052 offers many treatment options to help manage pain and keep you staying active.
If non-surgical strategies are not effective, Dr. Woodworth will perform arthroscopic surgery to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside a your knee. During your procedure, Dr. Woodworth inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your knee joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and Dr. Woodworth uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments inside the joint. Because the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin, your orthopedist in 89052 can use very small incisions. This results in less pain for patients, and shortens the time it takes to recover and return to favorite activities. Arthroscopy makes diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from surgery easier and faster than was once thought possible. If you think you may be a candidate for minimally invasive arthroscopy, or if you have knee pain that you would like diagnosed, call Dr. Woodworth today.