Knee Arthritis

What is it and what are my treatment options?

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What is Knee Arthritis?

Arthritis is a degenerative disease that inflames your joint’s bones and wears away the cartilage in the knee joint. Your knee, the largest joint in your body, is particularly susceptible to arthritis because it bears the majority of your lower body’s weight while standing.

As knee arthritis begins to develop, your knee bone and cartilage become irritated and inflamed. Ignoring the early stages of knee arthritis may make treatment more difficult later on. It is recommended you make an appointment with an Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specialist at the first sign of symptoms. This is important because, in its moderate to severe stages, knee arthritis can cause painful, sometimes debilitating, bone-on-bone rubbing.

What are knee arthritis symptoms?

Recognizing symptoms and making an appointment at Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specialist as soon as possible is important. Key symptoms you should look out for include:

  • A grinding sensation
  • Knee buckling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Weakness

Cold or rainy weather and physical activity may make your symptoms worse. Your Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specialist will carefully analyze all of your symptoms, perform a physical examination and order and analyze x-rays to make a formal knee arthritis diagnosis.


At Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, we always use nonsurgical treatment options first to decrease your symptoms. Any of the following may be included in your customized nonsurgical treatment plan:

  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Bracing
  • Corticosteroid injection
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE)

If you have severe arthritis that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment options, your Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specialist may recommend a Knee Replacement surgery. During a total knee replacement, your specialist removes osteoarthritic bone and replaces it with metal and plastic components.

Total knee replacement surgery is one of the most successful orthopedic surgeries because it quickly relieves pain and dramatically improves quality of life. At Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, we have performed thousands of knee replacement procedures utilizing the latest advancements in minimally invasive techniques.

How do I make an appointment with Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine?

Please contact Active Orthopedic & Sports Medicine as you experience knee arthritis symptoms. We have conveniently located offices in Hackensack, Montclair, and Emerson.

We participate in most insurance plans

Find our if we are In-Network with your insurance plan. If you do not see your plan or provider, call our office and we will answer your questions.

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Meet Our Knee Experts

Michael Gross, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Michael Benke, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Oscar Vazquez, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Thomas John, MD

Joint Replacement Specialist

Stephen Silver, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Our Vast Experience in Treating Knee Injuries and Conditions Is Second to None

Dr. Rhim is a excellent surgeon and knows what he is doing. He takes the time out the explain about the procedure in a very clear manner. Ever since my surgery I have been feeling better than ever!

Jose F.

Patient of Dr. Rhim

This is the best Doctor I’ve ever been to for chronic disk problems in my back. He reads his own MRI’s and such, went to a top US Medical school and the surgical procedure I had with him couldn’t have gone better. The staff is efficient and very friendly. 

John D.

Patient of Dr. Natalicchio

Dr. Mendoza absolutely is very pleasant, knowledgeable, fine might I add. I highly recommend all my family & friends to Active Orthopedics.


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