Coping with Knee Arthritis
Arthritis is a condition that can affect any joint in the body. Pain, stiffness, and swelling are the most common symptoms of arthritis.
There are several different types of arthritis. The most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis in knee joints is a particularly problematic condition. Patients suffering from this form of arthritis find it difficult to perform even everyday activities like walking or climbing steps. Arthritis typically affects adults. Some forms may also affect children.
Osteoarthritis mainly occurs in people aged 50 or above.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects multiple joints in the body and is usually symmetrical, meaning if a joint on the right side of the body is affected, the left side is probably affected too.
People who injured their knee in an accident, or other occurrence, may develop post-traumatic arthritis in the future.
The pain usually develops over time. As the disease progresses, the joint becomes swollen and stiff making it difficult for the person to straighten or bend the knee. Pain may be worse after a period of sitting or resting and in the mornings.
It is true that arthritis has no cure; however, there are several treatment options that help reduce the pain. Talk to our team at Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, to know what options you have.
There are several non-drug treatments that can effectively treat the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.
Some exercises ease pain and discomfort in the knees. These include aerobics, strength training, and tai chi. Water-based exercises are also known to improve function in hip and knee joints. However, they are not particularly helpful in easing the pain.
Weight loss reduces the stress on the knees. Research has shown that even moderate weight loss reduces pain and swelling in overweight patients suffering from knee arthritis. Patients should try to shed 5% of their total weight within a period of five months to get best results.
What to expect during your visit to the doctor’s office
Initial treatment options are all nonsurgical. However, surgery may be the only option in advanced stages. If you have arthritis, your doctor may also suggest making some lifestyle modifications.
Your doctor can develop a customized exercise program that suits your age, fitness, and activity levels. He may also prescribe drugs that reduce the pain and the disability.
Knee arthritis is a painful condition, but when the appropriate measures are conducted, it will make a significant difference in your daily living.