Knee arthritis can affect every area of your life. If you are experiencing symptoms of knee arthritis, it’s important to understand this condition and how to treat it. Here’s the FAQ.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a condition that occurs when the cartilage in the knee becomes worn. This cushioning wears away and, as a result, the bones rub together, which causes pain, stiffness and reduced mobility.
Osteoarthritis is most common in people over the age of 45. However, this condition can occur in younger people. Females are more likely to experience knee arthritis than males.
Knee osteoarthritis is most commonly caused by age. In fact, nearly everyone will experience some degree of knee arthritis eventually as they get older. However, there are other risk factors involved:
Symptoms of knee arthritis can include swelling, diminished mobility, cracking and creaking noises when you move your knee, stiffness in the knee and a feeling of warmth in the knee.
To diagnose knee arthritis, your doctor will complete a physical exam. The doctor may then order an x-ray or MRI scan. The doctor may also order a blood test to determine if any other conditions exist that could be causing the knee arthritis.
Knee arthritis can be treated in several manners. Often, a combination of treatments is recommended to relieve the pressure and reduce symptoms of knee arthritis. Treatment options include:
For more information on knee arthritis and treatment options, contact Dr. Richard Hiler. Dr. Hiler is a board-certified chiropractic neurologist with postgraduate traning in orthopedic rehabilitation. He is skilled in treating conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle and foot. Reach Dr. Hiler today at 239-330-1000 with any questions or to schedule your expert consultation.