Arthritis in the Knee

Arthritis in the knee is not fun! Arthritis in the knee can not only hurt really bad it can cause you to miss out on several fun family activities that may require you to do a lot of walking. Arthritis in the knee sometimes hurts so bad that you do not want to even get out of bed in the morning.

There are three common types of arthritis in the knee.

  1. Osteoarthritis- most common, slowly progressive degenerative disease, cartilage wears away, and affects middle age to older people.
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis- inflammation that destroys the joint cartilage and can occur in both knees and affects people at any age.
  3. Post-traumatic Arthritis- sometimes occurs after an injury to the knee. Similar to osteoarthritis. May develop later in years after a meniscus tear, fracture, or ligament injury.

Symptoms you may experience with arthritis in the knee.

  • Swelling
  • Limited motion
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Bow legs
  • Knock knees
  • Knees giving out

If you feel or experience any of the above symptoms go to your doctor for an evaluation. The evaluation will help to determine what type of treatments you will need for your knee problems.

Treatment for knee arthritis

After a thorough examination on your knees you should discuss the treatment right for you. Depending on the extent of your knee problems a doctor will generally start out with basic treatments then if needed suggest surgery. There are many treatments to choose from and not all treatments may be right for your diagnosis.

Treatments are as follows,

  • Lose weight
  • Limit activities, learn new ways to exercise
  • Use a walker, cane, or crutches if needed
  • Physical Therapy
  • Take medications for inflammation
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Synvisc
  • Take a glucosamine supplement
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Total Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Partial Knee Replacement Surgery

Alternative treatments for knee arthritis

  • Acupuncture
  • Magnetic pulse therapy

Acupuncture can be used to help temporarily numb the painful area with the use of fine needles. Many people all over the world say that acupuncture does help with easing the pain of arthritis, but there are not very many scientific publications that verify its effectiveness. *NOTE* If you do chose this avenue for your arthritis treatments make sure they are a certified acupuncturist and that their instruments are sterilized properly.

Although the magnetic pulse treatments for arthritis pain has not been proven to be effective, many chose to use this type of therapy because it is painless and may relieve the pain temporarily.

When a person has arthritis in the knee or any pain for that matter will try anything at least once to see if it will ease or even take away the pain they are experiencing. When you are experiencing pain in your knees or anywhere set an appointment to see your doctor right away. Once the doctor has examined you and has diagnosed your problem you can then discuss the alternatives available to you for treating the pain you are experiencing. Make sure you seek the advice of your doctor before you try any treatments otherwise you may be making it worse instead of better.

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