The most common reason for knee pain is Osteoarthritis.
What is it?
By far the most common joint disease, especially in later life.
Approximately 8.5 million people in India suffer from this osteoarthritis. Of which most are adults aged more than 40, but in recent times change in lifestyle is triggering it at a much younger age.
Triggering factors include Hormonal changes in Women, Obesity, Injuries, Occupational strain and other joint problems.
In arthritis, the cartilage becomes roughened and destroyed. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that lines and cushions the joint breakdown and bones rub painfully against each other causing sharp edges called osteophytes.
Which joints are affected?
It affects the small joints of fingers, weight-bearing joints like knees and vertebrae of back and neck leading to Cervical(Neck) and Lumbar spondilitis (Back) Pain.
Often the joints repair themselves adequately with time and the pain may settle. However in some cases the damage is not successfully repaired, the pain becomes more persistent and joint no longer works properly. The muscles around the joint also weaken which may, in turn, affect the joint stability.
What are the Symptoms?
- Pain, Swelling, Stiffness, Immobility, Numbness in hands and on the foot.
- The Warning Signs of Osteoarthritis
- Steady or intermittent pain in joints
- Stiffness in a joint after getting out of bed or sitting for a long time
- Swelling or tenderness in one or more joints
- A crunching feeling or the sound of bone rubbing on bone
- Numbness in hands and on foot.
How is it Diagnosed?
X-ray of the joint, Blood and Urine tests for any possible infections, and Physical Assessment.
How to stop the progression?
- If you are overweight try and lose some weight
- Wear appropriate footwear
- Keep yourself active by doing appropriate strengthening exercises
Am I susceptible to OA?
(IF YOU ANSWER IS YES FOR MORE THAN 3 POINTS THEN YOU ARE SUSCEPTIBLE FOR OA)
YES / NO – Are you Overweight?
YES / NO – Do u have a family history of arthritis?
YES / NO – If you are a woman have you passed menopause?
YES / NO – Have you had any injury, surgery to the joint before?
YES / NO – Do you think your posture at work is wrong?
YES / NO – Do you lead a sedentary life?
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