Jeremy McCandless, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Active Life Orthopedics

Jeremy McCandless, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in San Diego, CA

Knee Arthritis Specialist

Dr. McCandless helps patients in and around San Diego, CA, reduce or eliminate the painful symptom of knee arthritis so they can feel comfortable and enjoy their normal activities without pain. He sees patients at locations in El Cajon and Coronado.

Knee Arthritis Q & A

Orthopedic San DiegoWhat causes knee arthritis?

Knee arthritis most commonly occurs as a result of age-related degenerative changes in the joint that cause the joint surfaces to wear down, resulting in pain and inflammation in the joint. However, there are other factors that can also contribute to the development of knee arthritis, including being overweight or obese, injury to the joint, repetitive motion like repeated lifting of heavy objects or certain sports or physical activities, and diseases. Women also have a higher chance of developing knee arthritis as do people who have a family history of the disease.

What are the symptoms of knee arthritis?

The most common symptoms of knee arthritis include:

  • Pain in the knee joint, especially during motion

  • Stiffness in the knee

  • Decreased joint mobility

  • Crunching noises when using the joint

  • Redness, tenderness and swelling in or around the joint

  • Feeling of warmth in and around the knee

How is knee arthritis diagnosed?

The diagnosis of knee arthritis begins with a physical exam of the joint, including range of motion and other simple tests to determine how the joint is affected. Dr. McCandless will review your personal and family medical histories and may order diagnostic imaging like x-rays or MRIs to see inside the joint and check for changes that indicate arthritis.

How is knee arthritis treated?

The treatment for knee arthritis depends in part on the factors that may be contributing to it. For instance, if you're overweight, you may need to lose excess weight to decrease strain on the joint. When repetitive motion is identified as contributing to your symptoms, you may need to try to limit those activities. Treatments include gentle exercise and physical therapy, use of anti-inflammatory pain medications, injections of corticosteroids or lubricating fluids directly into the joint, use of a cane or brace, or knee replacement surgery when other options fail.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept most PPO providers, and HMO through Sharp Community Medical Group.  To the right is a short list of the providers we accept.  Please contact our office if your provider is not listed, or if you have any questions.

Beech Street
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Chinese Community Health Plan
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Great West Life
Health Net
Multiplan PHCS
USA Managed Care

Words from our patients

  • "I found Dr.McCandless very through and knowledgeable on my diagnosis for a knee replacement. He’s very skilled and technical with his surgery."

    Verified Patient
  • "I had a very positive and upbeat experience, even though this surgery is a difficult one. I would easily recommend Dr. McCandless for knee replacement surgery."

    Verified Patient
  • "Partial knee replacement has given me my life back. Totally great experience."

    Verified Patient
Active Life Orthopedics
4060 4th Ave, #700
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-324-8195
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