Knee Osteoarthritis Diagnosis
Have you been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, it is one of the five leading causes of disability in the elderly. It effects both men and women, although women have a slightly higher chance of being effected.
A knee osteoarthritis diagnosis means that the cartilage in your knee has begun to deteriorate after years of use. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease, ostoarthrosis, hypertrophic arthritis and degenerative arthritis. Different health care providers may use different terms to describe the same conditions. But no matter what you call it, a knee osteoarthritis diagnosis must be taken seriously.
The cartilage of your knee is what cushions all the ends of the bones that come together to form your knee joint. When the cartilage begins to deteriorate, it creates a host of physical challenges including the following:
- The underlying bone may to thicken, and cysts may form under the cartilage.
- The affected bone ends may begin to form boney growths, called bone spurs.
- Once the cartilage has deteriorated, bone ends rub against each other causing intense pain, stiffening and loss of mobility in the joint.
- Bits of cartilage and bone begin to float about in the joint space.
- Inflammation occurs in the joint lining, resulting in proteins and enzymes that further break down the cartilage and bones.
What can be done? While there is no cure for knee osteoarthritis, treatments do exist to manage the pain and slow down the progress of the disease. Traditional treatment for this disease typically include a combination of medication and/or physical therapy to slow down the progression of the knee osteoarthritis. 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.