November 12, 2019
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, it is a chronic degenerative pathology, this means that as the person gets older, the risk of suffering from this disease increases, mainly affecting the hip and knee joints, developing some knee pain symptoms. This pathology is characterized by the loss of cartilage between two joints. A joint is composed of two bone surfaces and cartilage in the middle of it that allows the movement to be smooth and natural between the two articular surfaces when losing the cartilage, it will generate a rustic, noisy and often painful movement, for example; knee pain when bending.
What are the main risk factors for Osteoarthritis?
- The damage of the joints due to misuse or excessive use thereof.
- Age, this is a disease that is more likely to be present at an older age.
- Obesity, only a small loss of weight can mean a significant reduction of damage to the knee joints, so an increased weight means greater damage to the joints.
Most of the risk factors for osteoarthritis are preventable, so it is a disease that with the correct corrections can prevent the disease or even improve the patient’s quality of life.
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
- Pain: Due to the loss of fluid movement and the rustic friction between the two articular surfaces.
- Inflammation of the joint: Due to damage to this joint, it is more prone to inflammation.
- Joint stiffness: In the absence of adequate lubrication stiffness can occur in the joints, this occurs mainly in the morning.
- Grating, Popping or Crackling Sensation: Multiple sensations can be perceived or even heard when moving an arthritic joint.
- Loss of Flexibility: An impaired joint cannot perform a total range of motion.
The symptoms that develop can be quite general and need the assessment of an expert to rule out rheumatologic diseases (diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system and immune system), the diagnosis and timely treatment can mean the recovery of the joint which would lead to a life more active and pain-free. The knee pain treatment is usually very varied, from lifestyle changes to surgical options, but currently there are therapies such as platelet-rich plasma injection or stem cell injection that totally improve the patient’s quality of life, replacing the surgical treatments with minimally invasive procedures offering faster improvement, greater knee pain relief and almost immediate regeneration of the joint.
There’s no need to suffer without help any longer, consult with Dr. Alberto Rivera-Sanchez at Winter Park Pain Management to see what treatment options can relief pain in your knees, one of the most common complaints about people of all ages. Request an appointment or visit us at 201 W Canton Ave, Suite 275, Winter Park, Florida 32789.