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Can Anything Be Done About Knee Arthritis For A Very Athletic Teenager
Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
Yes: The first question is the cause of the arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis have excellent treatments. Osteoarthritis in a teen is uncommon. There are medications, physical therapies as well as complementary therapies that can all be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Knee arthritis at age 19 is not "normal" but it can definitely happen. There are many possible causes. If you have had a previous injury to the knee "post-traumatic" arthritis may be the problem. If not then other causes include infection with a more sudden onset of redness and swelling of the joint and rapid worsening. Rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatologic disorders must be considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain with activity: Iliotibial band syndrome (@ knee) can result in lateral (outside) knee pain as the tight it band snaps across the prominent lateral femoral epicondyle above the actual knee joint line. Arthritis will present with crepitance and knee joint swelling and even cracking and popping as the arthritic irregular joint surfaces rub against one another with motion. Xrays, exam, & history will determine cause. ...Read more
Multi step process : Treatment of knee arthritis goes sequentially from less invasive to more invasive. Begin with activity modification, weight loss, physical therapy , anti inflammatory meds, and then move to more invasive options such as cortisone injections or visco supplementary injections. Surgical options include arthroscopy, partial knee replacement, & total knee replacement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low impact is good: Low impact activities such as walking, elliptical and swimming are good exercises for knee arthritis. However, if you have significant arthritis in your knee cap, it is better to keep the incline at a lower level on the elliptical. With knee cap arthritis, the deeper the knee bend (flexion), the more stress on the knee cap. Experiment with different exercises, keep a log and track what is best. ...Read more
See your doctor: You could have a host of issues that could cause your knee pain, could be bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, ligament issues, meniscal injury, sciatica etc. So you may want to see an orthopedic pain specialist that can tell you what is going and help you with the latest treatments and exercise therapies available. Consider Stem Cell therapy, Regenexx.Com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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