Knee arthritis occurs when knee joint cartilage becomes inflamed and deteriorates. Knee cartilage acts as a cushion, coating the end of the thighbone (femur), top of the shinbone (tibia) and the backside of the kneecap (patella). When cartilage is worn away, the space between the bones narrows, and in advanced cases of arthritis, the bone will rub on bone and possibly cause bone spurs.
The most common types of knee arthritis include:
● Rheumatoid arthritis
● Post-traumatic arthritis
FAQs: Knee Arthritis in Staten Island, NY at Still Well Med Spa
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a general term covering numerous conditions where the joint surface or cartilage wears out. The joint surface is covered by a smooth articular surface that allows pain free movement in the joint. This surface can wear out for a number of reasons; often the definite cause is not known.
When the articular cartilage wears out the bone ends rub on one another and cause pain. This condition is referred to as osteoarthritis or “wear and tear” arthritis as it occurs with aging and use. It is the most common type of arthritis.
What are the causes of arthritis?
There are numerous conditions that can cause arthritis but often the exact cause is never known. In general, but not always, it affects people as they get older (osteoarthritis). Other causes include:
● Increased stress such as overuse and sports
● Degeneration of the bone
● Autoimmune diseases (Rheumatoid, Lupus, Psoriatic)
● Inactive lifestyle and obesity
What are common symptoms of knee arthritis?
Knee arthritis can make performing daily activities, such as walking up the stairs, very difficult. Symptoms of knee arthritis may include pain in the knee, stiffness of the knee joint, catching and locking of the knee, audible clicking sounds made when moving a damaged joint and weakness in the knee. Knee arthritis may reduce how much you move, which can weaken the joint and worsen your symptoms.
How is knee arthritis treated?
Treatment options may vary depending on the type and stage of arthritis, your age, severity of pain and other factors. While cartilage loss cannot be reversed, there are ways to reduce pain and prevent further damage, including activity modifications, physical therapy, weight loss, bracing, medications, injections and walking aids.
How can I get started with knee arthritis treatments in Staten Island?
To learn more about how these treatments can help relieve the pain of your knee arthritis, call 718-448-6373 or request a consultation online today.
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