Knee Pain Osteoarthritis

Knee pain osteoarthritis

  • Do you have pain while walking?
  • Do you have pain while ascending/descending stairs?
  • Do have hear any sound while moving your joint?
  • Do you feel stiffness in the joint in morning hours?
  • Do you see any swelling over the joint?
  • Do you have a history of any previous injury over knee?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Are you not able to move your knee joint completely?
  • Is your age above 40 yrs?
  • Does anyone in your family has it?

If yes is the answer for more than 5 of the above given questions then the symptoms correlate to osteoarthritis of knee.

Osteoarthritis of knee also known as wear and tear arthritis, is a condition in which the natural cushioning between joints — cartilage — wears away. When this happens, the bones of the joints rub more closely against one another with less of the shock-absorbing benefits of cartilage. The rubbing results in pain , swelling, stiffness, decreased ability to move and, sometimes, the formation of bone spurs .

Causes of osteoarthritis

  • Age: as we grow older the ability of the cartilage to heal itself decreases.
  • Weight: overweight and obese people are more prone to such condition
  • Heredity
  • Repetitive stress over joint like long standing occupation
  • Gender : women are more likely to develop
  • Atheletics: athletes involed in running , soccer etc are at higher risk.
  • Other illness like rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic diseases also lead to the same.

How can osteoatrhitis be treated

  • Exercixes: it is one of the best way to keep your knee mobile and flexible. Strenghthening muscles around the joint help it to be more stable and decreases pain.
  • Weight loss: loosing little weight can lead to decreased pain.
  • Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Used  devices such as braces: these devices help to take away load and pressure from the side of the knee affected.
  • Physiotherapy : Physical therapists teach you ways to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility in your joint. They teach you ways to perform regular, daily activities, such as housework, with less pain.

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