Friday, August 7, 2009

Lateral Compartment Osteoarthritis

Much less common than medial compartment arthritis, lateral compartment osteoarthritis is no less severe.

Lateral arthritis results in a valgus deformity, or knock knees, in layman's terms.

It is more common is obese people and the valgus deformity combined with excess weight can lead to rapid disease progression.

Treatment includes weight loss, high tibial osteotomy, unicompartmental knee replacement, and total knee replacement.

Lateral compartment arthritis can also be treated with an off-loading knee brace, particularly in the early stages.

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