Knee osteoarthritis is the most common degenerative condition of the knee. When the knee pain becomes bad enough or the limitation in function is too restrictive most people have a total knee replacement.
Knee arthritis is the most common cause of chronic knee pain and disability. Most people have a gradual onset of pain that limits their function. It is common to get a limp from the knee arthritis and this can lead to ankle, hip or lower back pain. Any arthritis in other joints is exacerbated by the chronic limp.
Modern Knee Replacements have a much better lifespan than the older models. This allows younger people to have Knee Replacements. It is more common now to perform Knee Replacements in 50 year olds to allow them greater function and an ability to get back to work.
A/Prof Papantoniou performs a ceramic coated total knee replacement which is projected to have an even greater lifespan than the previous models.
A/Professor Papantoniou treats disorders of the Adult Lumbar Spine.
At different stages in our lives various lumbar spine problems can occur.
In the young adult acute disc prolapses (slipped discs) can occur. These are often found in manual workers.
As we get older other problems can present themselves.
Arthritis can occur in the spine, as well as other parts of the skeleton. Facet joint arthritis or disc problems can lead to lower back pain or eventually spinal canal stenosis.
Instability of the lumbar spine can occur for various reasons from facet joint arthritis to pars interarticularis defects.
A/Professor Papantoniou treats these degenerative disorders of the Adult Lumbar Spine individually as is appropriate for each patient and their condition.
Often time and non-operartive measures such as diet, exercise, physiotherapy and cortisone (steroid) injections will be able to control the pain without requiring surgery.