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Understanding Arthritis and Knee Pain:


What is Knee Pain?

Knee pain is a widespread concern that affects people of all ages and walks of life. Among the various causes, arthritis stands out as a leading contributor to persistent discomfort and reduced mobility in the knees. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the intricate relationship between arthritis and knee pain, shedding light on the different types of arthritis, their symptoms, and effective management strategies.

Types of Arthritis Affecting the Knee:

  1. Arthritis is not a one-size-fits-all condition; it manifests in several forms, each impacting the knee joint differently. The two primary types relevant to knee pain are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

    1. Osteoarthritis (OA):

      • Commonly known as “wear and tear” arthritis.
      • Results from the breakdown of joint cartilage over time.
      • Causes pain, swelling, and reduced joint flexibility.
      • Factors like aging, joint injuries, and genetics contribute to its development.
    2. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):

      • An autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium (the lining of the membranes that surround joints).
      • Leads to inflammation, pain, and potential joint deformities.
      • Can affect multiple joints, including the knees.
      • Onset often occurs in middle age, but it can start at any age.

    Symptoms of Arthritis-Related Knee Pain:

    Recognizing the symptoms of arthritis-related knee pain is crucial for early intervention and effective management. Common signs include:

    • Persistent pain, especially during movement or weight-bearing activities.
    • Swelling and tenderness around the knee joint.
    • Stiffness, making it challenging to fully bend or straighten the knee.
    • A sensation of warmth in the joint.

Types of Arthritis Affecting the Knee:

While arthritis is a chronic condition, proactive management can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals experiencing knee pain. Consider the following strategies:

  1. Chiropractic:

    • Some Chiropractors specialize in treating knee pain.
    • You can visit this website to find a doctor near you
    • Chiropractors are able to use non-invasive therapies that can treat the underlying causes of your condition.
  2. Physical Therapy:

    • Tailored exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting the knee joint.
    • Range-of-motion exercises to maintain flexibility.
  3. Lifestyle Modifications:

    • Weight management to reduce stress on the knees.
    • Assistive devices like braces or canes to support joint stability.
  4. Surgery:

    • When the knee joint becomes bone on bone there is little anyone can do besides surgery. 
    • If your knees are bone-on-bone, then you should see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knees.

Understanding the link between arthritis and knee pain is the first step towards effective management and improved quality of life. If you or a loved one is experiencing persistent knee pain, consulting with a healthcare professional for a comprehensive assessment and personalized treatment plan is crucial. By combining chiropractic interventions with lifestyle modifications, individuals can navigate the joint journey with resilience and a commitment to joint health.

– Dr. Ken Horup DC, Knee Pain Relief Chiropractor, located in Hilton Head Island, SC

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