Joints are extremely important for movement of the body. They get a lot of use and usually perform their function very well with the cartilage, tendons and muscles that keep them functioning well. The body does a good job of keeping things lubricated and running smoothly.
However, over time, with old age, or as the result of overuse or some other condition or illness, the joints can become weakened and the cushioning wears down. Arthritis is the result and it usually means pain in the joints, inflammation and maybe swelling.
Some joints are more commonly affected than others. They are usually the ones that get the most use, bear the most weight or are used in many different ways. One of the places this occurs is the knees. That’s why arthritic knee is a problem for many people.
Having an arthritic knee can be very painful. Sitting, standing, walking, it all hurts. It makes doing anything difficult and going anywhere even worse. The knee joint is one of our most important as far as mobility, and when that is diminished, quality of life itself is decreased, as it is much harder to get out an do the things you want to do and when you do, it is unpleasant.
The treatment for arthritic knee will depend on the cause. Your doctor will have to consider whether there are other areas of the body affect or if it is simply gout in the knee. This is important to know when determining how manage or treat the condition.
Certainly the most common way people deal with their arthritis pain is through anti-inflammatory pain medication such as ibuprofen. This can help to reduce the pain and inflammation, but does nothing to solve the problem,. Also, many people don’t fancy taking drugs, even OTC drug every day of their life.
Some other treatments to consider are supplements that have been shown, at least anecdotally, if not scientifically, to reduce the pain, such as cetyl amystoleate. Flax seed and other oils have also helped many people to deal with their arthritis.
Surprisingly to many, diet can also play an important role on the severity of the arthritic knee. Eating a diet high in foods that contain anti-oxidants and are rich in omega 3 fatty acids can both help to keep inflammation down and keep the body working well. Avoiding foods that are high in fat and sugar is also a good idea.
Getting regular exercise can also be extremely beneficial. As the muscles around the joint are strengthened they are able to bear more of the weight, making things easier on the joint itself, also making movement smoother and easier.
For some, even after making lifestyle changes and trying supplements their pain will not be gone or diminished sufficiently to allow them to function normally. In these cases medication can be prescribed or other methods can be used. In extreme cases, surgery can be done on the knee and can help to solve the problem.