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What is knee arthritis?

What is knee arthritis?

Damage to cartilage: Arthritis by definition is damage to the cartilage that coats the end of bones in a joint. As this damage gets more severe, it leads to inflammation, pain, swelling and even progressive deformities. A variety of treatments are available depending on the stage of progresion of the arthritis.

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there 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


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What can I do about knee arthritis?

What can I do about knee arthritis?

Many things!: First is it an inflammatory or degenerative problem, or both. Are mechanical factors present: patellar mistracking, knoch knees (genu valgus), hypermobility. There are to many directions to give you a good answer!

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What are the causes of knee arthritis and cure?

What are the causes of knee arthritis and cure?

Many! No: Too many causes, from mechanical to inflammatory. Therefore there is no one cure. First and foremost: the diagnosis for your "knee" problem. Lab tests, x-rays, a thorough history and physical (these are foremost!), can help answer the best approach to treatment! Hopefully, your arthritis can be corrected!

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What happens when arthritis knee swelling doesn't go away?

What happens when arthritis knee swelling doesn't go away?

See details: You should see a rheumatologist or orthopedist and get it diagnosed and treated.

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What is the best way to treat knee arthritis?

What is the best way to treat knee arthritis?

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 to help as well. Regenexx. Com

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Which type of medicine do you get for knee arthritis?

Which type of medicine do you get for knee arthritis?

NSAIDs: Assuming the arthritis being asked about is osteoarthritis.....The most common first line medicine is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). Many fall in this category including naprosyn, (naproxen) ibuprofen, diclfenac, etc. If these medications and physical therapy fail, then injections with local anesthetics and corticosteroids are often recommended.

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What is a good exercise for a person with knee arthritis?

What is a good exercise for a person with knee arthritis?

No running!: Body as a whole, or knee. I favor cycling outdoors, because your body weight is off the knee and you are not dropping weight in stride which can bring nearly 1000 lbs of force on the knee joint. A schwinn airdyne is very good, because you also use arms and spread the work to upper extremity as well. Isometric exercises are also helpful!

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Is having knee arthritis at 19 years old normal?

Is having knee arthritis at 19 years old normal?

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.

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Does prolotherapy help with chronic knee arthritis?

Does prolotherapy help with chronic knee arthritis?

Prolo: Yes. It aids in stabilizing the knee joint preventing further laxity if the ligaments which contributes to worsening of osteoarthritis. Good luck.

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What're some ways to loosen up a stiff knee (arthritis)?

What're some ways to loosen up a stiff knee (arthritis)?

Low-impact exercise: Riding the stationary bike or using the eliptical machine and judiciously using anti-inflammatory medications (follow the label) can help with your symptoms. Icing the knee is also helpful.

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Is there anything I can eat to help prevent knee arthritis?

Is there anything I can eat to help prevent knee arthritis?

No: Although there are people that advocate special diets to help control the pain associated with arthritis, there is no diet, supplement or food that has bene shown to prevent arthritis. Many factors are involved with the development of arthritis, only a few of which we understand. Despite what commercials may claim, as far as weknow, there are no foods that will help with prevention.

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What are the symptoms of it band syndrome or knee arthritis?

What are the symptoms of it band syndrome or knee arthritis?

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.

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What are some things you can do to alleviate knee arthritis pain?

What are some things you can do to alleviate knee arthritis pain?

< impact activity: Impact aerobic activity is a modifiable risk factor for progression of arthritis along with excess body weight? So losing weight and avoiding running or hard court sports will help reduce symptoms of arthritis. Otc anti inflammatories (nsaids) and a healthy diet will also help.

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Knee arthritis from deep knee bends in hs. Are they still doing those?

Knee arthritis from deep knee bends in hs. Are they still doing those?

Closed chain ex: I do not understand by "hs". I always prefer leg press with differnt amount of resistance and required knee flexion depending upon degree of patellofemoral involvement. I rarely advised for any type of open chained exercises for knee.

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What to do if I have knee arthritis. What medicine works best to relieve pain and inflammation?

What to do if I have knee arthritis. What medicine works best to relieve pain and inflammation?

No one best med: No one med helps best or helps everyone. With osteoarthritis of the knee, treatment options include exercises, nsaids and injectable lubricants among others.

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Swollen knee, arthritis, knee won't respond, what causes the knee to not respond?

Swollen knee, arthritis, knee won't respond, what causes the knee to not respond?

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.

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What can be done for ankle/knee arthritis?

What can be done for ankle/knee arthritis?

Depends: On the type of arthritis present, the extent etc. I.E arthritis can be rheumatoid or osteoarthritis and there treatments would be different.

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Knee arthritis- male 64 - what to do what kind of treatment?

Knee arthritis- male 64 - what to do what kind of treatment?

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.

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more