Symptoms of Knee Arthritis:
Although the pain develops gradually over time, a knee joint affected by arthritis may become painful with or without activity. But there are other symptoms, as well:
Joint may become swollen and stiff, causing trouble in bending and straightening the knee.
Heavy or constant activity can cause a rise in pain and may worsen in the morning, or after resting or sitting.
The knee freeze or lock during movement.
May make sounds like creak, click, snap or even a grinding noise.
Pain can be weather-related, for example, an increase in pain during monsoons.
Redness or warmth in the knee joint area.
Preventive measures to keep your knees safe:
Inculcating a few lifestyle changes and techniques can help manage knee arthritis to some extent. Below are some tips:
1. Weight Loss: The less weight a joint has to carry, the healthier your knee stays.
2. Joint Protection: This means using joints in a less stressful way such as making changes in how you perform your activities, setting up changes in your personal space, wearing comfortable clothing and footwear, etc.
3. Exercise: Exercises improve the strength of our leg muscles which in turn leads to providing better support to your knees. Just simple and fast walking could help a lot.
4. Knee Replacement Surgery: Knee replacement surgery is among the most frequently performed orthopedic surgical operations. The weakened cartilage is extracted from the whole knee joint with a complete knee replacement, and a metal or plastic implant is replaced in place of it. This way the knee joint bones are smooth, allowing them to flex and bend freely without pain. Dr. Tejas Upasani has been a practicing orthopaedic & computer Assisted Joint Replacement surgeon, performing total knee replacement surgeries with excellent results for the past 12 years at Upasani Super Specialty Hospital.