Are there different types of knee arthritis?

Three common types of knee arthritis. Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the end result of progressive articular cartilage wear and tear. Radiological features include joint space narrowing, osteophytosis, subchondral sclerosis and subchondral cyst formation.


Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and can cause chronic inflammation of joints. It typically affects small joints of hands and feet. More commonly occurs in women at age younger than 40.


Post-traumatic arthritis
As its name implies, it is sequel of knee injury. It usually develops years after fracture of thigh and/ or shin bone that extended into the joint, meniscal tear or knee ligament injury.
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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. Read more...

Is cervical spondylosis different from knee arthritis because of the shape of the joints involved? Neck seems to be more bothersome than other joints!

More nerves ; joints. Biologic process of arthritis is similar in neck and knee. But there are multiple joints involved in the neck with accompanying nerve root irritation and muscle fatigue that can cause harsher symptoms. Read more...
YES!!! Degenerative disease of the knee compared to the cervical spine is certainly different! the major difference is that nerves traverse the joints in the cervical spine, which can get "pinched" or irritated directly. Read more...

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. Read more...
Damaged joint. Cartilage is needed for normal joint motion. Damage to cartilage may lead to crepitation, pain and a limitation of motion of the affected joint. Read more...

What are the signs of knee arthritis?

Pain swelling, stiff. Pain, swelling and stiffness are hallmark signs and symptoms of knee arthritis. Read more...
Many signs. Cartilage is needed for normal joint motion. Damage to cartilage may lead to crepitation, pain, swelling, inflammation, and limitation of motion of the affected joint. Read more...

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! Read more...
Have it evaluated. Seek professional assistance. After a careful examination, conservative and surgical options will be discussed. Read more...

What is the best way to treat knee arthritis?

Knee arthritis. Depending on the degree of damage, there is glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, steroid knee injections, synthetic joint fluid injections to attempt to salvage cartilage, and then joint replacement. 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 to help as well. Regenexx.Com. Read more...

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! Read more...

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! Read more...

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

Swollen. Likely an effusion, which can come from fluid production from the joint lining, or synovium. Other causes to consider: gout, infection, etc. 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 more...