Knee Osteoarthritis is a common affliction that is mostly seen in older people which is accompanied by a significant amount of discomfort in the area surrounding the knees and the joints. It is caused mostly due to the wear and tear of the cartilage in the joint and gets aggravated if not treated. They can either arise due to natural causes like age or be caused by a sudden trauma induced by external forces. The pain can also extend beyond the knees and you might find sharp sensations in the back, thighs, and lower legs. Many doctors cite that physiotherapy for knee osteoarthritis.
What are some of the symptoms associated?
- A constant knee pain that only gets worse with wear and tear.
- You might find the area near the knee swollen and this creates stiffness when it is moved.
- Another symptom might be that after prolonged periods of resting or sitting the knee locks upon itself and it becomes difficult to resume the activities that were being done prior to this.
- A common symptom associated with this would be a cracking-like sound which is called crepitus. This happens when sudden movements are being done.
Apart from physiotherapy many patients also tend to opt for surgery to get some relief from this. Sometimes medication also helps to alleviate some of the pain and may provide temporary relief. The condition is fairly common and affects up to 6% of adults on a yearly basis worldwide.