Osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis are common causes of knee pain. Osteoarthritis generally affects the over 45’s, while post-traumatic arthritis is associated with a knee injury that can affect any age. Arthritis of the knee is a degenerative disease. It can’t be cured, but precision guided injections provide a non-surgical treatment. This treatment can successfully reduce the symptoms of this painful disease.
Arthritis of the knee is caused by the cartilage between the bones wearing away or being damaged. This leaves the bones to grind against each other which causes pain and discomfort. Arthritis Knee Pain Center uses digital imaging to pinpoint exactly where the bones are rubbing together. Then injects a gel to form a cushion between the bones. The results: patients are provided with much-needed relief from the debilitating symptoms of arthritis of the knee.
Of course, there are other causes of knee pain, and if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below, it’s worth taking the time to get a free knee pain screening for diagnosis and treatment.
7 Symptoms of Arthritis of the Knee
The cartilage that cushions the bones doesn’t wear away all at once so while pain can sometimes begin suddenly, it’s more likely to develop gradually over time. It may start with feeling pain when you get out of bed in the morning, or if you’ve been sitting still for a while. Kneeling may get increasingly painful, as well as climbing stairs.
The pain gets slowly worse until even walking is uncomfortable, and, perhaps worst of all, wakes you up from a sound sleep.
The pain eventually becomes intolerable, and your quality of life is severely impacted.
Arthritis of the knee can lead to bone spurs (bony outcrops on the edges of bones), as well as too much fluid in the knee, which can cause inflammation and swelling. The swelling may be worse in the morning, or after long periods of inactivity, and your knee may feel hot to the touch; it may even look pinkish or red.
In the early stages of arthritis of the knee, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories may reduce both the swelling and the pain, but as time goes by, the OTC’s don’t help at all.
From time to time you may find that your knee is unstable; it suddenly gives way or buckles. This weakness in the knee is particularly dangerous, especially in the elderly, as it can lead to a nasty fall.
Periodically your knee may lock in position: you can neither bend nor straighten it, and you have to flex and move your leg until it loosens up.
#5. Creaking and Clicking
This is the most disconcerting symptom of all. As you walk, especially downstairs, you hear a clicking sound coming from your knee. People who have arthritis of the knee variously describe it as a creaking, cracking, or popping sound; some even say that they can feel their bones grinding together.
#6. Loss of Motion
As arthritis of the knee worsens, so it becomes more difficult to get out of a chair or car. Climbing stairs may become difficult and getting up from a kneeling position impossible without help. Eventually even walking becomes difficult.
In the early stages of arthritis of the knee you may not notice any deformity, but as the disease progresses your knee may point inwards or outwards, or otherwise look different to a non-arthritic knee.
Untreated arthritis of the knee can leave you walking with a cane, in chronic pain, and unable to do the simplest daily chores. The good news is that two separate studies by Terry K. Morgan and Marie Bossert and their respective teams found that image-guided fluoroscopy injections of viscosupplementation, also known as hyaluronic acid, significantly reduces the pain and increases the mobility of people who have arthritis of the knee.
And it doesn’t stop there: a healthy diet, losing weight, and regular exercise will enhance the treatment provided by Arthritis Knee Pain Center and make life worth living again.
Image-guided fluoroscopy injections of viscosupplementation are covered by Medicare and most insurances.