Knee Osteoarthritis Symptoms
If you are experiencing stiffness and/or pain in the knees, you may have knee osteoarthritis, or you may have rheumatoid arthritis. Knee osteoarthritis symptoms are the result of deterioration of the cartilage over years of use. Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are the result of inflammation of the tissues that cover the joint.
Knee osteoarthritis symptoms include brief periods of pain and stiffness, and occur more frequently after periods of activity. Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include periods of pain and stiffness after periods of inactivity, such as first thing in the morning, and episodes are long lasting, sometimes up to 30 minutes in length.
If you experience knee osteoarthritis symptoms in combination with the following risk factors, you should seek medical help.
- 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.
- Gender: Women who are older than 50 years of age
- Trauma: If you were or are involved in sports and sustained injuries to the knee or other joints.
- 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.
- 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.
Traditional treatment of knee osteoarthritis typically includes 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.