Knee pain can be hard to deal with, especially if your knees hurt much of the time. Unless you have had an injury to your knees, your pain can be caused by many things. One of these things is arthritis. Below is some information about this so you can get the help that you need to become pain free or at least reduce much of your pain.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects approximately 14% of adults that are 25 years and older. The pain you are feeling in your knees could be due to this. If so, along with the pain, the joints in your knees may swell up, and the joint area may become red. You may feel stiffness in your knees, and pain may be exacerbated by walking for long periods of time or when walking up and down stairs.
The most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. There is no cure for arthritis, but there are many treatment options available to you to help you manage your pain. Your doctor can take X-rays of your knees to determine if you have arthritis. If they cannot see everything they need to on the X-ray, they may also do an MRI scan or a CT scan to help them with their diagnosis.
Some treatment options you have in treating your arthritis include:
If none of the above treatment options work for you, your doctor may suggest that you have knee surgery
Between 18 and 42 percent of people that have psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis. If you currently have psoriasis, it could be causing your knee pain. Psoriatic arthritis pain may develop slowly, and you may have mild symptoms. It can also develop very quickly, and your pain can be severe. Some of the symptoms you may have if you have this type of arthritis include:
If you have any of the above symptoms, see your doctor immediately. Without treatment, psoriatic arthritis can be crippling and disabling.
Even if you are a very young adult, do not rule out arthritis causing your knee pain. Approximately 1 to 400 women and 1 to 1,000 men in their 20s have arthritis.Share
12 September 2016
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