Osteoarthritis of the knee is a degenerative joint disease affecting the knee joint that causes the cartilage in the knee to slowly wear down, leading to the knee joint bones’ rubbing against each other, causing extremely painful bone spurs. The damage caused by osteoarthritis to the knee joint is slow and gradual and with time the osteoarthritis knee pain gets unbearable.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis affecting joints like the hands, feet, spine hips and knee joints. Osteoarthritis is seen as an age related wear-and-tear type of arthritis that affects people mainly after the age of 50, but, many younger people too have complained about being affected by this disease.
Among all the different types of arthritis, Osteoarthritis is the most common of them all. It is regarded as an age related degenerative disease affecting mainly the older population but, is not limited only to them. And numerous young adults have reported to have this degenerative condition of the knee joint.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is mainly seen to affect more women than men, post 55 years of age, but, before the age of 45, this disease is more common among men than women.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is classified into five stages according to the severity of the osteoarthritis knee pain. The varied Stages of an osteoarthritis knee are as follows;
The initial stages of osteoarthritis show no symptoms and it is only with the progression of the disease that the symptoms become more noticeable. Some of the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis of the knee are:
The usual diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee begins with a physical examination of the knee along with taking in account the medical history and symptoms. After that some tests are recommended to confirm the diagnosis. X-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans are basically the two major types of scans used in determining osteoarthritis.
There is yet to be established any definite cause to the basis of osteoarthritis and as to why it affects certain individuals, and has been attributed to various associated symptoms like age related wear and tear of the cartilage. Some of the knee joint pain causes, besides age, associated with osteoarthritis are;
Besides the above knee joint pain reasons, there are several other associated causes of osteoarthritis of the knee like metabolic disorders, diabetes, repetitive stress injuries and certain sports like soccer, tennis, sprinting etc.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis, however, seeking knee joint pain treatment significantly controls and manages the symptoms of the degenerative disease and helps in returning mobility. The knee joint pain treatment includes the following;
The various types of surgical procedures used to provide knee joint pain relief are;
Physiotherapy for osteoarthritis forms a crucial component in the treatment of knee joint pain. Based on the evaluation of the biomechanical issues a doctor or physiotherapist might recommend specific exercises to stretch inflexible soft tissues and strengthen the muscles to help increase mobility and flexibility. Physiotherapy for osteoarthritis becomes all the more crucial in post operative rehabilitation of the patient after they have undergone any surgery for arthritis of the knee. Physiotherapists teach the patient specific exercises to help in strengthening and improving the overall health of the knee.
People with severe osteoarthritis of the knees face a lot of difficulty in moving around; even a visit to the doctor proves to be a herculean task for them. For such patients Portea offers the best at home healthcare services. The team of doctors and nurses offer a carefully planned knee joint pain treatment to bring about rapid knee joint pain relief to the patient by providing appropriate care and physiotherapy for osteoarthritis. So if you need any assistance with this debilitating disease then do reach out to us for an effective care and management of osteoarthritis of the knee.
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