Knee Osteoarthritis (OA)
You rely on your knees for so many things in a day that you would loose count if you had to keep track.
Our knees are an integral part of our well being and daily function. Any type of stiffness or pain in your knees can cause great discomfort and in some cases, can be debilitating. If you have pain in your knees that resembles a grinding when you move your joint, or soreness or inflammation after repetitive use, these could be symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis. Knee Osteoarthritis is a joint inflammation that is the result of cartilage degeneration. This is most often due to normal aging; however it can also be heredity. Furthermore, Knee Osteoarthritis can be caused from other issues such as disease, injury, or trauma.
Diagnosis for knee osteoarthritis
If you are overweight, in your late 40s or older and are a female, you are more at risk of developing Knee Osteoarthritis. This is especially true if you have a family history of Knee Osteoarthritis or you’ve experienced previous joint injury, damage or disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout. When it comes to Knee Osteoarthritis, it is imperative to see a specialist who is knowledgeable in all the different factors surrounding the condition. At the London Pain Clinic:
- An accurate diagnosis of Knee Osteoarthritis will begin with your complete medical history
- A full examination of the effected area will also help your doctor understand the state of your needs
- It is common for our doctors to require radiographic examinations in the form of X-Rays to get a better look at what’s going on
- Any necessary X-Rays or MRI scans will be scheduled quickly and at times that work best for you
- A blood test may be required to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis
- If you’ve had your condition diagnosed elsewhere and remain unsure of the findings, make an appointment with an expert doctor at the London Pain Clinic where you can access our renowned and trusted second opinion service.
Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis
Don’t leave your Knee Osteoarthritis untreated – it can lead to a serious restriction in movement and daily pain that may become intolerable. With more than 100 types of arthritis, it is vital that you take your condition to an expert doctor. Here at the London Pain Clinic:
- You can expect your doctor to work one on one with you to determine a treatment plan that actually works
- You will never be pushed out the door with only a generalized recommendation
- You and your doctor will work together to create an effective and efficient multidisciplinary treatment and pain management plan that may include exercise and anti-inflammatory medication
- In the event of surgery, your doctor will ensure any surgery consultations as needed
- Alternative therapies are also options and may include things such as magnetic pulse therapy and acupuncture.
The only sure way to begin pain relief from your Knee Osteoarthritis is to get an accurate diagnosis. Once the cause has been determined, you will then be on your way to an effective treatment – one that can have you back at your best as soon as possible. To begin your recovery with our esteemed specialists, call 020 7118 0250 or email the London Pain Clinic today.