Osteoarthritis, one of the commonest problems that your doctor sees every day in his/her clinic, may affect your small joints like fingers and toes. You may complain of finger stiffness and pain. You might also notice deformities on your fingers and toes. The impact is even more severe in your weight-bearing joints, in particular, your knees and hips. Many senior citizens above fifty years of age do complain of knee pain. The symptoms of pain may be mild and only on extreme activities but it can be so severe that you experience pain even at rest. The pain may affect your quality of life in which many activities of daily living such as standing and walking, even climbing stairs and slopes, kneeling, squatting, sitting on a low stool and lotus sitting are also affected.
Why do you get knee pain?
Some do not realize that you are suffering from underlying primary osteoarthritis which commonly seen when you are in your forties. Primary osteoarthritis affects finger joints, knees and also our hips. The affected joints become warm, swollen, stiff, tender with a limited range of movement. Subsequently, the cartilage lining of your joints become damaged, joints become rough and stiff. This is more obvious in your weight-bearing joints like knees and hips.
Daily activities such as squatting, kneeling, sitting on a low stool, lotus sitting, climbing stairs and slope increase loading of your knees. Sports activities with repeated pounding on your knees will also damage the cartilage lining. It will be worse if you already have preexisting primary osteoarthritis. Advancing age and obesity are certainly the other factors that increase loading on your knee joints.
What are the signs and symptoms of knee osteoarthritis?
Pain, stiffness, warmness, swelling and reduced range of movements are the common signs and symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. Knees can be deformed with roughness on moving your joints.
How to confirm that you have knee osteoarthritis?
If you suffer from the above symptoms, very likely you are suffering from knee osteoarthritis. This can be confirmed by your doctor who will perform a detail clinical examination on your knees. X-ray can be done to confirm the diagnosis as well as to assess the severity of your knee osteoarthritis.
Are there any treatments for your knee osteoarthritis?
Modification of activities to minimize further loading on your knees are important. You should reduce activities such as squatting, kneeling, sitting on a low stool and lotus sitting. Climbing stairs and slope, repetitive or high impact activities on your knees should be minimized.
Your doctor will prescribe a course on anti-inflammatory medicines with glucosamine or proteoglycan to reduce the inflammation and damage on your knees. If necessary, your doctor may suggest an injection of steroids or hyaluronic acid to reduce the pain and discomfort that you have.
In severe knee osteoarthritis where your quality of life is deteriorating, or in case where you do not see any improvement of your signs and symptoms with all non-surgical treatments, you may need otal knee joint replacement surgery. In a total knee joint replacement surgery, your damaged knee joint will be removed and replaced with a set of implants consists of metal and plastic components. This will improve your quality of life. The success rate of total knee joint replacement surgery is very high. The limitation that you have in your daily activities before your surgery will be much improved.
Terms and Conditions:
- This CSR programme is valid from 12th May 2020 to 12th July 2020.
- This CSR programme is applicable for male and female aged 60 years old and above.
- This CSR programme is limited to the first 200 customers only.
- This CSR programme includes Free Bilateral Knee X-Ray and Free Consultation.
- This CSR programme does not include registration fee, X-Ray CD/film and report.
- Customer is required to make prior appointment.
- Beacon Hospital reserves the right to change the terms & conditions anytime without prior notice.