WHAT IS IT?
The knee is the largest and strongest joint in our body. Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints. This inflammation occurs due to continuous wear and tear of cartilage surrounding these joints. Knee arthritis is a type of arthritis of the knee. The knee can be affected by many forms of arthritis such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
HOW IS IT CAUSED?
The knee consists of bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. Over time, the protective cartilage can gradually wear away due to continuous activity, causing osteoarthritis. Any degenerative changes to components of the knee can result on arthritis of the knee.
Your doctor will perform a series of physical tests along with an X-Ray or blood tests to determine the extent of your injury.
Treatments include weight loss via special exercises which aim to reduce pressure placed on joints. Anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed for pain relief.
Corticosteroid injections or Hyaluronic acid can be injected into the knee. These are powerful at reducing inflammation. Sturdy braces can also be fitted to keep the knee supported.
When other options do not reduce pain, surgery is a very good option.
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