According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 78 million Americans will be diagnosed with arthritis by 2040. Will you be one of them?
While there is currently no cure for arthritis, there are a number of treatment options available if you're diagnosed with arthritis in your knee.
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is defined as painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. While arthritis pain is most common in your knees, hips and hands, our team is going to discuss knee arthritis in this blog.
Symptoms of Knee Arthritis
There are a number of symptoms associated with arthritis in the knee, including:
- Bone spurs
- Deformity of the joint
- Limited range of motion
- Stiffness of the joint
- Swelling of the joint
If you are experiencing any or all of these aforementioned symptoms, it is best to have your knee checked out by a medical professional to ensure you are treated properly for your condition.
What Are My Treatment Options?
If you have been diagnosed with arthritis in your knee, there are a number of treatment options available to help you find relief from your symptoms and regain your quality of life.
For starters, if you are considered overweight or obese, losing weight can assist in relieving pressure from your joints, especially your knees. Losing even 5 percent of your body weight can have a significant impact on providing relief.
Exercise is also a great tool in not only losing weight but strengthening the muscles around the knee to help decrease pain and make the joint more stable and flexible. Stretching exercises specifically have been shown to reduce inflammation and alleviate aches and discomfort.
Over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium can also help to ease the pain. However, these should not be taken every day. If your pain is to the point where you have taken medication for more than 10 days and have still not found relief, then it is time to speak with a physician who can give you better treatment options for your pain.
If none of the conservative at-home methods described above are providing relief for your pain, seek medical attention. There are a number of nonsurgical and surgical options that may help.
Are you worried you might be suffering from arthritis in your knee? Make an appointment at Parkridge Bone & Joint for a medical evaluation to obtain a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for your condition.