Osteoarthritis, commonly 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 shock – absorbing benefits of cartilage. The rubbing result in pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased ability to move and sometimes, the formation of bone spurs.
Who gets Knee Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It can occur even in young people, the chance of developing osteoarthritis rises after the age of 45. Women are more likely to have osteoarthritis than men.
What causes knee Osteoarthritis?
The most common cause of knee osteoarthritis is age. Almost everyone will eventually develop some degree of osteoarthritis someday. However, several factors increase the risk of developing significant arthritis at an earlier age:
• Age. The ability of cartilage to heal decreases as a person gets older.
• Weight. Weight increase pressure on all the joints, especially the knees. Every pound you gain adds 3 to 4 pounds of extra weight on your knees.
• Heredity. This includes genetic mutations that might make a person more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis. It may also due to inherited abnormalities in the shape of the bones that surround the knee joint.
• Gender. Women of age 55 and older are more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis than men.
• Repetitive stress injuries. People with certain occupations that include a lot of activities that can stress the joint, such as kneeling, squatting, or lifting heavy weight (55 pounds or more) are more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis because of the constant pressure on the joint.
• Athletics. Athletes have higher risk for developing knee osteoarthritis due to overuse or exercise. However, it’s still important to exercise regularly. Moderate exercise strengthens joint and can decrease the risks of osteoarthritis.
• Other illnesses. People with Rheumatoid arthritis, the second most common type of arthritis, are also more likely to develop osteoarthritis. People with certain metabolic disorders.
What are the Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis?
Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis may include:
• Pain that increases when you are active, but get a little better with rest.
• Feeling of warmth in the joint
• Stiffness in the knee, especially in the morning or when you have been sitting for a while
• Decrease in mobility of the knee, making it difficult to get in and out of chars or cars, use the stair or walk.
How to treated Knee Osteoarthritis?
The primary goal of treating knee osteoarthritis is to relieve the pain and return mobility. The treatment plan will typically include a combination of the following:
• Weight loss
• Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
• Injections of Corticosteroids or Hyaluronic acid into the knee
• Alternative Therapies
• Physical and Occupational therapy.
If you are having trouble with daily activities, physical or occupational therapy can help. Physical therapists teach you ways to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility in your joint. Occupational therapists teach you ways to perform regular, daily activities, such as housework, etc.. with less pain.
Contact us at Rainbow Arokayal Holistic Longevity Clinic.