Arthritis is simply the inflammation of joints, which causes pain and the body to stiffen. While it is a very common disorder of all ages, it has been observed to worsen with age. It is important to know that there are several variants of the same. Each type of arthritis has a different cause, which is infections, wear and tear, degeneration of bones/joints, injury, obesity, and many others.
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There are namely three kinds of Arthritis that may occur in your knee:
- OA ( Osteoarthritis)
- RA ( Rheumatoid Arthritis )
- Post Traumatic Arthritis
The most common one to affect you in the knee is Osteoarthritis. It is a condition that gradually wears out the knee joint cartilage (a firm and rubbery material that provides cushioning to the ends of bones). This kind is generally observed in middle ages, and the risk of procuring it increases with age. About 10% of men and 13% of women in the age group of 60 and above have been known to have the disorder.
After you know the basics of knee Arthritis, you should be able to know when to observe the possible signs. Here are some common symptoms which may indicate that you have Arthritis.
Cracking or popping sounds
You might hear some cracking sounds when you move, sit, or get up. If it becomes a regular thing, it may be an indicator that your cartilages have been tuckered out. The smoothness in movements gets highly affected, hence results in popping sounds.
Deformities of knees
You might observe certain changes in how your knee appears. Some irregular outgrowth/gap may be a sign. Arthritis is known to create sunken appearances around the knee region. This is because the muscles become thin and lose their grip. Your knees may even start to bend towards each other or outwards. The degree of visibility of these deformities may vary from person to person.
You may observe periodic inflammation around the knee. This is because extra fluids or osteophytes (bone outgrowth) accumulate in the joint. After being inactive for a long period of time, like after you wake up in the morning, you may observe the same. The region may even feel warm to touch and appear red. This is due to the increased tenderness in the region.
Simple movements like bending or stretching the legs may start giving you pangs of pain. This is a result of reduced lubrication around the bones. The bones come closer to each other, which makes moving difficult.
Limited range of motion
Arthritis affects your limit of moving or covering activities. This is because the distance and direction a joint is capable of moving in become limited. You tend to give up very easily and early while indulging in some physical activity. This reduces your potential.
Generally, a human knee can flex about 0 to 130 degrees and extend from 120 to 0 degrees. This gets reduced if you are likely to be a sufferer of Arthritis.
Chronic body pains, especially around joints
It is very usual to experience body aches after a tiring day or after working out. But if you experience aches very frequently and they do not tend to go away for a long period of time, it may be a sign. Especially if the pain becomes a hindrance to your day to day activities like sitting, bending over, or stretching, then you should probably get yourself checked.
Symmetric joint pains
For Rheumatoid Arthritis, these indications are evidently present, but they are also symmetrical. This implies that the same portions will anguish on the left as well as the right side of the body. Although the severity may vary.
Fatigue or lowliness which lasts for months
The symptoms which your body may show can also be in the form of long term tiredness. If you think you have been feeling depressed or a general sense of ill health for a long period of time, it could be an early sign of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Excessive numbness and tingling in hands
You might have noticed that your hands/legs feel numb all of a sudden. A weird tingling feeling often follows this sensation. If it becomes very frequent and takes quite a long time to go away whenever it happens, it may be an early sign of RA.
Healing of a sports injury which is taking a very long time
If you experienced a sports injury and had to undergo some arthroscopic surgery, it should heal in a few days/weeks. But, when such an injury takes more than a few weeks/months to improve, even after the surgery, it can be an early sign that you are likely to get RA.
These are some of the basic symptoms that generally, all types of Arthritis show. However, the body’s immune system may have a different response from person to person. If you observe any such symptoms, a diagnosis is recommended. After diagnosis, which is primarily done through a knee X-Ray, treatments can be sought. The treatments involve medication, physiotherapies, and sometimes even surgeries ( in severe cases ). You can see that it becomes important to look for signs and get things done on time, for a healthy life.
Dr. Greeshma Nair(B.A.M.S) is a Staunch believer that Ayurveda is not merely a science but lifestyle too. Her holistic approach towards diagnosis and treatment is based on the root cause of disease and gives you a three-dimensional solution to a condition that includes Ahaar (diet), Vihaar (lifestyle), and Aushadhi (medicines).