• Bonnie Bonnie
    May 03, 2011
    I have been diagnosed with Tricompartmental Arthritis. What is this EXACTLY? What are the 3 compartments? What is the treatment?
    Bonnie Bonnie
    May 03, 2011
    I am a Physical Therapist. I have had a scope for general clean-out and micro fracture to stim bone growth PLUS an ACL reconstruction, autograft from patellar tendon w/ bone plugs and screws. I am in constant pain and no longer able to exercise. I am 52 yo. What are the treatment options? READ MORE

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  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    May 03, 2011
    Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    May 03, 2011

    The knee is separated into three compartments or areas: the lateral, medial and patellofemoral (knee cap). Arthritis can affect all three areas to various degrees. Based on the procedure you describe, a joint preservation procedure has been done in an effort to give you as much knee function as possible before the inevitable, end point treatment--arthroplasty (joint replacement).

     

    Because you are a PT, I am sure you have already tried to unload the knee as much as possible during exercise and other activities to improve activity tolerance. Hopefully, you have tried and are sticking with an anti-inflammatory diet and maybe some supplements like glucosamine and omega-3's.

     

    Eventually, you may need some medication management for your chronic pain to improve your QOL and function.

     

    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • Bonnie
      May 03, 2011
      Bonnie
      May 03, 2011
      Thank you for your response. Is arthroscopy helpful to remove bone spurs and smooth out the rough area in the joint in this situation? READ MORE
    • Christina Lasich, MD
      May 03, 2011
      Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      May 03, 2011

      Smoothing out the joint surfaces is the idea behind arthroscopic surgery for cases of severe arthritis. Sometimes this surgery can relieve pain and improve range of motion, sometimes not. Surgical success is based on many factors. So, it is hard for me to say exactly why you are not improving after surgery.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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