What is the treatment for patellofemoral osteoarthritis?
Individuals with mild to moderate anterior knee pain as a result of patellofemoral osteoarthritis may benefit from conservative therapies alone. A combination of rest, alternating ice and heat application, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) can control the pain and inflammation associated with this condition. If pain and inflammation continue to persist, a corticosteroid injection can be administered directly into the patellofemoral compartment. A physical rehabilitation program is also encouraged when appropriate.
When normal daily activities become affected by chronic and severe anterior knee pain, or if conservative therapy is unsuccessful, surgical intervention may be necessary to restore knee function. Traditionally, a total knee replacement was the standard of care in which a metal and plastic prosthesis replaced all three knee compartments. Technological advancements in orthopedic surgery, however, have culminated in the design of a partial knee replacement for individuals with advanced osteoarthritis limited to one compartment. Patellofemoral arthroplasty is a less invasive procedure that uses metal and plastic implants to resurface the underside of the patella and the trochlear groove. Dr. Matthew T. Provencher, orthopedic knee doctor, treats patients in Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs, and the Denver, Colorado area who have experienced patellofemoral osteoarthritis and are in need of patellofemoral arthroplasty.