Having constant pain in the knees is certainly no fun, and it can keep you from enjoying your regular activities. The problem could be osteoarthritis. Besides the pain, there are a few other symptoms to look out for to determine if this is the problem – but you should know there are also solutions for this pain!
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It is often just a result of aging, and it happens when the cartilage that cushions the bones starts to erode. Without this cushioning, the bones are constantly rubbing up against each other. The pain that comes with knee osteoarthritis is not the only symptom. There may also be swelling caused by a buildup of fluid in the joint; the skin on the knee may be warm to the touch (especially at the end of the day); the knee might feel tender when you press down on it; it may feel stiff after you’ve been active or first thing in the morning; and you might feel (and hear) a cracking noise when you bend the knee.
There are some at-home remedies for osteoarthritis. You might try applying heat to relieve the stiffness and a cold compress to help with the swelling and pain. Over-the-counter pain medications can help as well, although taking too much of this type of medicine can come with some dangerous side effects, so you should discuss this with your doctor.
When you see your doctor, he or she may want to perform tests, such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI, to help determine if osteoarthritis is the problem. The treatment for osteoarthritis depends on how severe it is. Your options may include physical therapy, activity modification, weight loss, or braces. If your osteoarthritis is very severe and no other options seem to be helping, surgery may be recommended. A total knee replacement could be a solution to help you find relief from your symptoms.
Are you concerned you may have osteoarthritis in your knees? The staff at Sports Occupational and Knee Surgery in San Antonio, TX, can help. Call (210) 696-9000 for an appointment today!