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
- 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.