In the United States, one in five adults (52.5 million) reports having arthritis that has been diagnosed by a doctor. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among Americans aged 15 and older. However, arthritis affects people in all age groups, including almost 300,000 children. Arthritis limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing, and bathing.
Arthritis is a general term for a group of more than 1,000 diseases and is inflammation in and around the body’s joints. Some types of arthritis include but are not limited to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. The goals of treatment are to increase joint mobility and strength and help patients learn to manage pain.
Osteoarthritis knee pain can be frustrating, however, ignoring it will not make it go away. The pain affects everyone differently, but there are some classic signs and indicators for when it’s time to take action.
In knees with osteoarthritis, the cartilage protecting the ends of the bones gradually deteriorates, joint fluid loses its shock-absorbing qualities, and bones may begin to rub against each other – all of which may cause the pain you’re feeling.
Patients often say they experience multiple symptoms among those listed here. What about you?
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Different types of arthritis have different symptoms, which can be mild in some people and very strong in others. Osteoarthritis usually does not cause symptoms outside of the joint.
Symptoms of other types of arthritis might include fatigue, fever, a rash, and the signs of inflammation, including: pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and redness.
Time to see a doctor
Only you know how much pain you’re in. Give your doctor a clear description of the pain and let him know that you’re ready to discuss other treatment options.
It takes an experienced and skilled orthopaedic surgeon, like Dr. Todd Peterson of the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics and Capital Orthopaedics, to determine whether your pain is related to knee osteoarthritis; and if partial or total knee replacement is appropriate for you.
It’s all about finding the relief you deserve.
For more information about treatment of knee pain, visit knoxvilleOrtho.org.