Knee osteoarthritis

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What is it?
Osteoarthritis is a common condition, usually diagnosed when an X-ray is taken and shows the narrowing of the joint spaces in the knee joint. OA is also called ‘degenerative joint disease’ or ‘wear-and-tear’ of the knee due to the cartilage in the knee breaking down. Degeneration of joints is common as we age, but several factors can contribute to increased pain and stiffness around the knee joint (family history, history of activities, postures, weight, etc.).

Some of the Sign & Symptoms include:

  • Pain and swelling around the knee joint
  • Feeling warmth in the joint
  • Stiffness and difficulty standing up or walking up/down the stairs
  • Crackly, creaky sound when the knee moves

 

What can be done?
Depending on the contributing risk factors of knee osteoarthritis, lifestyle changes are necessary. Starting and staying active is important, as active rehabilitation helps to strengthen the joints around the knee and hip to improve function and reduce pain in daily activities. Along with kinesiotaping and soft tissue therapy where necessary, ESWT can also be used to help reduce pain and help healing. 

 

Can this be prevented?
Degeneration in the body can not be prevented as it is NORMAL, but the pain and reduced functional ability that comes with it can definitely be prevented. Active rehabilitation and regular chiropractic care for wellness, along with long-term commitment, will go a long way in improving the quality of life.

 

 

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