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Well, According to your answers, it seems like you might have several of the symptoms and risk factors associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.or not ? but It’s also possible something else might be causing your knee pain. Only your doctor can determine this with certainty, so make an appointment today.
Osteoarthritis is one of the top five leading causes of chronic knee pain and disability among elderly men and women.
Osteoarthritis of the knee most commonly occurs in people who have had a previous injury, infection, or trauma to the knee and is more common in women over the age of 50 than men, although both can be affected. It occurs when the smooth, slippery, fibrous connective tissue, known as articular cartilage, which acts as a cushion between the bones of the knee wears away over time, leading to pain. This loss can easily be seen on an X-ray. As the condition worsens, the friction caused by bone rubbing on bone can cause spurs to develop in the knee area, leading to increased pain and swelling. Eventually normal activity, such as walking, can become difficult because of the pain.
Luckily, there are many options for managing the pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee. The treatment that’s best for you will depend on a number of factors, such as how advanced the osteoarthritis is and how much the pain it causes affects your daily life. Treatment options include lifestyle changes (weight loss, physical therapy, bracing the knee), medication, injections into the joint area, surgery, and/or alternative and complementary treatments, such as acupuncture and nutritional supplements. Only your doctor can determine which course of treatment is best in your case. If one type of treatment isn’t working, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about other options.
In short, osteoarthritis of the knee is painful and irreversible, but it can be managed. Don’t delay — the sooner you begin to address the problems, the better you will feel now and in the future.