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Clarksdale, MS
A 71-year-old female asked:

I am a 71 year old overweight female with arthritic pain in both hips and knees, esp right. when i lie down my right lower leg often hurts over bone.

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Long
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
Arthritis: It sounds like osteoarthritis. This has a multi-pronged approach. Weight loss, light resistance exercise, anti-inflammatory meds and surgery are some of the options. With each option you want minimal harm and maximal good. Joint replacement surgery is getting better all the time but should be a last resort. Although not backed by good data, many patients like glucosamine.
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Agree w/ Dr Long, lower leg pain is common w/ knee osteoarthritis , esp. @ night. See an ORS and get examined and x - rays obtained. Then a treatment program can be tailored for your arthritis( NSAIDs , Synvisc injections, wt. loss, quad strengthening , etc). Knee replacement surgery can be an excellent option if your OA is severe and not responding to conservative tx.
Oct 27, 2013
Last updated Dec 7, 2013

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