Knee Osteoarthritis Causes
Knee Osteoarthritis is a condition that occurs when the cartilage of the knee joint begins to deteriorate over time. What causes knee osteoarthritis? Exact knee osteoarthritis causes are not known, however there are certain factors that put a person at higher risk.
- Obesity: Obesity creates excess pressure on joints such as the knee.
- Age: As we grow older, the body's ability to heal itself decreases.
- 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.
- Repetitive stress injuries: Repeated motions of kneeling or squatting, walking more than two miles a day, or lifting 55 pounds or more regularly will put you at risk.
- 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.
What can be done? While there is no cure for knee osteoarthritis, and no surefire way to prevent knee osteoarthritis causes from developing into the disease, treatments do exist to manage the pain and slow down the progress of the disease. Traditional treatment typically include a combination of medication and/or physical therapy to slow down the progression of the joint deterioration. In extreme cases, surgery may be suggested.
Chiropractic practitioners, such as Dr. Peter Ferraro, can provide additional benefits in the treatment of knee 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.