Are you an arthritis patient? Do you suffer from joint pains in the knee? Get alarmed if you have such pain. This article provides you with a comprehensive list of some well known treatments that can help you in these pains. So read on.
Treatments for Arthritic Knee Joint Pain
Light Aerobic Exercises
In case of knee joint pain you can get the arthritis patient to do some light aerobic exercises. The best solution would be to consult a physiotherapist who would be able to recommend the best aerobic exercises. You can also make the patient do some exercises that would provide strength to the weak muscles of the knee area specially the front thigh or quadriceps and the back thigh or hamstrings.
Exercises that are performed in water could also be recommended for the patient that would provide mobility and also lessen the pain in the knee joints. These need to be performed completely under the supervision of a good physiotherapist only. You don’t want your dear ones to get hurt.
The arthritis patient can be fitted with knee braces around the painful joints. These braces would help the patient in moving with less pain, help in maintaining the balance and prevent him or her from falling.
Apart from the knee braces, walking aids in the form of canes and crutches could also be given to the patient while walking. Even in such conditions, you must never leave the patient unaccompanied.
Injections that contain the corticosteroid drug and Hyaluronic acid can be injected in the knee joint areas. The corticosteroid drug injection would help you in getting relief from the knee pains for a couple of months but this cannot be treated as a complete cure. The Hyaluronic acid is known to be present in the knee joint area of a normal person. So injecting this drug would help in lubricating the inflamed knee joint muscles.
A word of caution: Never take these injections without consulting an orthopedic physician as there can be side effects of these drugs too.
Surgeries are the extreme form of treatments when all other non surgical treatments fail. You can go for surgeries like Arthroscopic surgery, knee replacement surgery (partial or total). In Arthroscopic surgery your surgeon will examine the damaged area in your knee and treat it by making small incisions and then inserting instruments fitted with lens and some lighting equipments. In knee replacement surgery you can go for the partial or the total one depending on your requirement.
In partial surgery only that area of your knee will be replaced with metal or plastic that is highly damaged. This will also heal quickly and make it easier for you. In the total surgery, which is an extensive one performed on your knee joint area, the surgeon will remove the entire damaged bone along with the cartilage from the thighbone and knee cap. It is then replaced with an artificial or secondary knee joint that is made out of polymers or specially made plastics. This will take longer time to heal and you need to be extremely careful with the patient regarding his movements.