Are your knees swollen and painful? Do you feel a grinding sensation in your knees? Do your knees make a popping sound while walking? If yes, you may be suffering from knee arthritis.
The knee joint is the most vulnerable to osteoarthritis. In this condition, the articular cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in the joint, wears away due to wear and tear, injury or overuse.
Fortunately, medicine and technology have made it possible to treat knee arthritis without surgery, if the treatment is made available early.
Stretching the muscles associated with knee movement, such as the quadriceps and the hamstrings, has proven effective in taking stress off the knee. Strengthening these muscles can decrease the pain.
Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs are effective in treating the swelling and pain for many patients.
Steroid medication is injected directly into the knee to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. Another effective treatment is hyaluronic acid injections. Hyaluronic acid is a natural lubricant and anti-inflammatory and the effects last an average of 6 months.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy injects plasma from your own blood into your knee. It is a regenerative treatment that helps to repair the knee naturally.
If the above treatments do not yield satisfactory results, your orthopedic doctor may recommend knee surgery.