Arthritis: Latest Non-Surgical & Surgical Treatment

Non-Surgical treatments

  • Education and self-management. I believe that a patients who is empowered with knowledge about their arthritic joint is better able to manage the course of their disease
  • Physical therapy. We advocate for the use of additional non-invasive therapies like physical therapy who can instruct on the best exercise regimen and correct execution of the aerobic and water-based exercise for improved function, increased flexibility and decreased pain
  • Weight loss. Being at your recommended weight decreases stress and pressure on your joints resulting in a decrease in pain especially in your hips and knees
  • Walking aids. Canes, walkers crutches can help decrease the stress and pressure on hips and knees and also reduce pain
  • Knee braces. Knee braces are effective for reducing pain and falls and increasing stability in the knee
  • Heat and cold. Some patients find the use of heat and cold helps reduce the symptoms and pain of arthritis
  • Analgesics. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), is a recommended initial course of treatment for osteoarthritis pain of the hip and knee
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. While long term use should be avoided NSAIDS give relief of pain associated with osteoarthritis
  • Corticosteroid injections. Injections of corticosteroids up to 3 or 4 times a year into affected joints can give long term relief from pain and swelling

Surgical treatments

  • Osteotomy and joint-preserving surgery. For young, active people with hip or knee osteoarthritis, osteotomy (a procedure in which bones are cut and realigned to improve joint alignment) may delay the need for joint replacement by years
  • Partial or Unicompartmental knee replacement. A partial knee replacement is recommended for about 30 percent of people with knee osteoarthritis as the disease is located one area of the joint
  • Joint replacement surgery. When symptoms of knee, shoulder or hip osteoarthritis are not controlled with drug and non-drug treatments, knee or hip joint replacement may be a viable treatment

We always look to the least invasive treatment possible for our patients but if pain becomes debilitating, joint replacement surgery may be recommended to improve the quality of life. Dr. Davenport is an experienced and seasoned joint replacement expert and has performed many thousands joint replacements over the course of his career.

Have you been told you need your hip, shoulder or knee replaced or are you considering joint replacement?

Dr. Stephen R Davenport is an experienced and seasoned joint replacement expert and one of the few Orthopedic Surgeons in Oklahoma who has completed an additional training Fellowship in joint replacement.

He receives numerous referrals from other physicians, is a sought after joint replacement specialist and has performed many thousands joint replacements over the course of his career.

Call us at 580-353-8600 to schedule an appointment.

904 SW 38th Street, Lawton, OK, 73505 Directions

Adapted from the following sources Arthritis Foundation, Wikipedia, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention