Knee Arthritis Specialist

Austin Orthopedic Institute

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Austin, Marble Falls, and Bastrop, TX

If you’re suffering from knee arthritis, you’re not alone. Cases of knee arthritis have doubled over the last century. At his offices in Marble Falls, Austin, and Bastrop, Texas, dedicated orthopedic surgeon Joel H. Hurt, MD, offers knee arthritis solutions ranging from nonoperative injections to minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and knee joint replacements. As someone with knee arthritis himself, Dr. Hurt understands the issues you’re facing, and he’s prepared to deliver the best solutions. Learn more about how you can live without knee pain by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.

Knee Arthritis Q & A

What are the symptoms of knee arthritis?

Some of the most common symptoms of knee arthritis include: 

  • Knee pain
  • Knee stiffness
  • Inability to straighten or bend your knee comfortably
  • Knee locks up or catches 
  • Knee weakness

Many people with knee arthritis say their knees hurt worse when it’s damp or rainy outside. 

If your knee arthritis causes persistent pain, or even only occasional discomfort, it’s best to start treatment now. The earlier you get help, the better your chances of delaying or avoiding knee replacement. 

How is knee arthritis diagnosed? 

Dr. Hurt can assess your symptoms, physically examine your knees, and conduct imaging tests like X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans to look closely at your knee and make a diagnosis. You might also need blood tests to definitively determine what form of knee arthritis you’re dealing with.

How do you treat knee arthritis? 

Dr. Hurt treats knee arthritis using a highly patient-specific approach. As a knee arthritis sufferer himself, he understands what it can do to your body and your life. He respects your preferences and goals, and he does everything possible to help you live the life you want. 

Treatment options include: 

Conservative care

Conservative care includes anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and other noninvasive means of managing your knee arthritis symptoms. 

Injections

Steroid injections could be the next step if more conservative methods don’t work. They’re effective for mild to moderate knee arthritis — Dr. Hurt calls them his magic wand, in fact. 

Knee steroid injections usually take just 3-5 days to take effect. If you’re too young for a joint replacement, or just aren’t ready for it, steroid injections can be a great interim option.

Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy involves tiny (1 centimeter) incisions in your knee. Dr. Hurt uses an arthroscope with a camera to view your knee joint and miniature surgical tools to remove damaged tissue. 

If you have early- to mid-stage arthritis that causes painful joint motion, it could be the ideal solution.

Joint replacement

In knee joint replacement, Dr. Hurt removes the damaged part of your knee and replaces it with plastic and metal prosthetics. He’s an expert in robotic surgery who uses the state-of-the-art Mako® system to perform a customized procedure. 

Depending on how widespread your knee arthritis is, you might need a partial joint replacement (one compartment of your knee) or a total joint replacement (two or all three compartments of your knee. Dr. Hurt explains your options to help you make the best treatment choice. 

Book your consultation by calling the office of Joel H. Hurt, MD, or using the online scheduler today.