Knee Pain and Osteoarthritis
Joints are delicate, anytime you experience chronic knee pain, seek medical help. The longer you wait, the greater the extent of damage will be to the affected joint. Not everyone who experiences knee pain has osteoarthritis. However, if the following factors apply to you, you are at higher risk.
- Weight: Obesity creates excess pressure on joints such as the knee. If you are already at risk for osteoarthritis, this additional stress will accelerate the progression of the condition.
- Age: As we grow older, the body's ability to heal itself decreases. This creates a greater risk for cartilage deterioration..
- Heredity:If knee pain and osteoarthritis are in your family, you are at greater risk.
- Gender: Women who are older than 50 years of age are more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee than men.
- Trauma: If you were or are involved in sports and sustained injuries to the knee or other joints, you are at greater risk for osteoarthritis as you get older.
- Repetitive stress injuries: If you are involved an occupation that requires repeated motions of kneeling or squatting, walking more than two miles a day, or lifting 55 pounds or more regularly-- you are at higher risk for osteoarthritis.
- High impact sports: Professional soccer players, long-distance runners and tennis players have an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee.
- Other illnesses: Repeated episodes of gout or septic arthritis, metabolic disorders and some congenital conditions can put you at higher risk.
- Other risk factors: Poor nutrition, poor posture or bone alignment, poor aerobic fitness, and muscle weakness may also play a factor in knee pain and osteoarthritis.
If you have any of these risk factors, and experience symptoms of knee pain or stiffness, seek medical help. Traditional treatment for this disease typically includes pain medication to manage the symptoms and a combination of medication and/or physical therapy to slow down the progression of the disease. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.
Chiropractic practitioners, such as Dr. Peter Ferraro, can provide additional benefits in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Chiropractic adjustment restores normal joint alignment, significantly reducing the wear and tear of the cartilage. With the joint properly aligned, there is improvement in joint movement, and a significant reduction of inflammation and pain. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, chiropractic treatment can drastically improve joint health and quality of life.