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Can Knee Injections Cure Knee Arthritis?

Knee arthritis and cartilage wear has traditionally been considered an uncurable condition. In fact, the only consistently successful treatment whas a total knee replacement. Although knee replacements are a good option for severe arthritis, they require a large surgery, a prolonged recorvery course, and are usually associated with temporary, but significant, postoperative pain. Fortunately, advances in medical knowledge and technology have produced some very promising non-surgical treatments for knee arthritis. While there may not be a cure for arthritis yet, many of these treatments have shown potential to delay the need for knee replacement surgery.

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Baton Rouge Knee Doctor

Dr. Burnham is a fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon and knee doctor who has a special focus on knee injuries, ligament tears, and cartilage repair. His clinical and research focus has centered around ACL tears, meniscus tears, knee dislocation, and other knee ligament injuries. He trained under world-renowned knee doctors and surgeons at the UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA and UK in Lexington, KY. He currently practices in Baton Rouge, LA at the Bone & Joint Clinic and has privileges at several major hospitals in the area. Knee injuries treated by Dr. Burnham include:

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Cartilage Restoration Procedures

Overview

Articular cartilage is the material that lines the ends of bones within the joint. It provides lubrication and protection to the underlying bone, and allows smooth motion of the joint. Cartilage has poor blood supply, and once injured, it does not heal readily. Traditionally, there were very few successful treatments for cartilage damage except for joint replacement surgeries. However, emerging technologies have allowed us to successfully perform several types of cartilage repair and cartilage restoration treatments.

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