James P. Crutcher Jr., MD, specializes in knee arthritis treatments at his practice in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Crutcher understands that arthritis affects every patient differently, so he focuses on providing individual treatment plans to his patients to improve the quality of their lives. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Crutcher to discuss the treatments available for knee arthritis, call or use the online booking tool today.
Your knee is the most substantial joint in your body. It’s the intersection between your thigh bone, kneecap, and shinbone.
The knee is protected by cartilage, a smooth substance that not only protects the bones but also reduces friction every time you bend and straighten your knee.
Several kinds of arthritis have the potential to affect your knees. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common kinds of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is often referred to as “wear-and-tear” arthritis. It causes the cartilage in the knee joint to gradually wear away. This form of arthritis shows up primarily in people over 50, although you can develop it at any age.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It causes the immune system to damage the tissue in the knee and weaken the bones. This form of arthritis can develop in people of any age but tends to affect a greater percentage of women than men.
Common symptoms of knee arthritis include:
Arthritis in the knee has the potential to restrict your everyday activities like walking, climbing stairs, and sitting for long periods of time.
After Dr. Crutcher assesses your knee arthritis, he provides you with a treatment plan that’s appropriate for your needs. Nonsurgical treatments of knee arthritis include:
If nonsurgical treatments are ineffective, Dr. Crutcher will assess the need for surgery. Surgical procedures that Dr. Crutcher offers for knee arthritis include:
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Crutcher, call or use the online booking tool today.