Go to any gym and you are guaranteed to hear “Ouch my Knees.” At the office, as people stand up after a long day of siting at their desk, you may hear a similar cry of Knee Pain.
This is because osteoarthritis -the most commonly suffered type of arthritis- often attacks the knees.
There are many possible causes: age, genes, injury, infection or even obesity. Gender is a factor as well, as Women are more likely to develop Osteoarthritis than Men.
Is there a way to alleviate the pain caused by OA?
The most obvious and attainable goal is weight loss. As the amount of pressure required for the knee to function decreases, so does the pain.
Physical activity such as stretching allows the knees to become more flexible and versatile. Exercising strengthens the muscles around the affected area allowing the joint to become sturdy.
Drugs: Anti-flammatory drugs like Tylenol, Advil, and Motrin can provide temporary relief but shouldn’t be used for more than 10 days, as this can result in improving the chances of side-effects. If these don’t help alleviate the pain, contact your doctor, they may have some more efficient prescription options.
There is also the option of trying to artificially repair the damage through injections of corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid in the affected areas allowing for lubrication of the knees.
There are various types braces known to help suffers of OA: “unloader Braces” shift the burden from the part of the knee affected by OA while “support braces” give much needed extra aid to the entire knee.
Therapy: An occupational or Physical therapist can help educate ways to help alleviate pain and increase functionality of your knee.
Of course as a last case option there is surgery. If surgery is required, although at first it may require rehab and hard work, it can greatly improve ones quality of life.