Failure of a Knee Joint Load Absorber: Pain, Metallosis and Soft Tissue Damage

HSS Journal - Volume 11, Number 2, July 2015

Karl Friedrich Schüttler, MD
Department of Orthopedics and Rheumatology, University Hospital of Marburg, Germany

Marion Roessler, MD
Department of Pathology, University Hospital of Marburg, Germany

Susanne Fuchs-Winkelmann, MD
Department of Orthopedics and Rheumatology, University Hospital of Marburg, Germany

Turgay Efe, MD
Department of Orthopedics and Rheumatology, University Hospital of Marburg, Germany

Thomas J. Heyse, MD
Department of Orthopedics and Rheumatology, University Hospital of Marburg, Germany

Introduction

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic, progressive disease resulting in loss of function and pain due to articular cartilage loss and represents the most common disease among musculoskeletal disorders [7, 8, 15].

Various strategies for the treatment for medial OA of the knee including conservative and operative treatment options are currently used. Surgical treatment includes, among others, high tibial osteotomy (HTO), unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA), and total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Conservative treatment comprises a variety of different options including analgesic and/or anti-inflammatory medication, bracing, physiotherapy, and intra-articular injections of corticosteroids or viscosupplements. The general problem with conservative treatment is that despite amelioration of symptoms, the progressions of OA are usually unhalted [10].

This article appears in the HSS Journal: Volume 11, Issue 2.
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About the HSS Journal

HSS Journal, an academic peer-reviewed journal published three times a year, February, July and October. The Journal accepts and publishes peer reviewed articles from around the world that contribute to the advancement of the knowledge of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.

 

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