Osteoarthritis of the knee is an increasingly common condition as more of us remain active longer and live longer. Although prior injuries can predispose some individuals to osteoarthritis, it is not completely clear as to why some of us develop more advanced osteoarthritis than others do and why some have severe arthritic related pain while others do not, although some factors do include individual pain tolerance, type of activity level, systemic inflammation, and obesity.
Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition of the joint and related cartilage, but involves all surrounding tissue and nerves which are important pain generators and need to be addressed just as much as the joint itself. Dr. Cardamone approaches osteoarthritis differently than most pain physicians and treats from a systemic standpoint, addressing nutrition or a possible underlying infection as well as targeting the appropriate tissue of the affected area with injections that help promote healing and pain relief rather than just band-aiding with a pain medication or steroid. She also almost always will incorporate a neuromuscular re-education physical therapy program simultaneously with a qualified physical therapist to address weakness and biomechanical issues, which usually are the root of most arthritic pain conditions.