Arthritis is an umbrella term for over 100 conditions that involves people of all ages and affects the many joints we have in our bodies. The most common type of arthritis is in the knee. The knee joint comprises the thigh bone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and the kneecap (patella).
The common types of knee arthritis are as follows:
Osteoarthritis - usually develops with age where the cartilage in the knee joint wears down over time
Rheumatoid Arthritis - an autoimmune disease which can develop at any age and involve other joints and affect other parts of the body
Post-traumatic arthritis - due to trauma, the cartilage starts thinning and causes pain, stiffness, and restriction of movement
Although arthritis can develop at any age, people above 50 years of age have higher risk where women tend to experience symptoms and get diagnosed more often than men. Unfortunately, arthritis has no cure but there are many different ways to ease the symptoms.
Early Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis
It is preferable to be aware and manage symptoms early when it comes to arthritis in order to prevent the condition from getting worse. When arthritis is developing, you may feel pain in your knees when standing up from a seated position, walking, and climbing up or down stairs.
The other symptoms of arthritis may include:
- Joint pain and Stiffness
- Difficulty with movement
- Knee clicking or snapping noises
- Knee locks
- Skin redness
- Swelling and Redness
Some may notice that symptoms are worse with cold weather, stress, and strenuous activity.
When To Get Checked By a Medical Professional
There are many treatments available for the different types of Arthritis and it is advisable to seek medical advice early to be able to manage symptoms effectively.
You may choose to see your doctor if you notice early signs, or have symptoms such as pain and inflammation that are becoming difficult to manage. If your knee is affecting your daily life, then it is best to get checked as soon as possible.
Knee Arthritis Diagnosis
Your doctor will likely order scans to check your knee for arthritis. This will help determine the type of arthritis, changes and space in your bones and rule out other conditions such as bone spurs. Doctors would check the cartilage in order to pinpoint where the pain is coming from.
Treating and Managing Arthritis
There are many methods to manage and reduce the symptoms of arthritis which could manage the condition.Tips from healthcare providers on how to manage arthritis symptoms include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight to help reduce load on the joints
- Low-impact activities such as swimming, cycling and yoga
- Applying heat or ice in the area
- Wear a quality knee brace
- Walking on a treadmill/flat surface instead of a sidewalk
- Use shock absorbing insoles in your shoes
- Physical therapy
- Drink vitamins and supplements
- Other treatments such as acupuncture
Bauerfeind Knee Braces for Knee Arthritis
The use of knee braces on the knees provide compression to the surrounding muscles, stimulating them to help relieve the stiffness of the joint. Braces help with pain management by stimulating the surrounding muscles as well specialised supports around the patella creating a soothing massaging effect to ultimately improve function, reduce pain and increase confidence in order to walk and move more freely.
Depending on the condition, there are several knee braces available to suit your needs:
For Mild Osteoarthritis
For Mild Osteoarthritis with joint instability
GenuTrain S Hinged Brace
For Moderate osteoarthritis with varus or valgus misalignment
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