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Strategies and Reasons to treat Extreme Strain on the Largest Joint i.e. Knee or Arthrosis…

Major percentage of skeletal pains occur in the knee, the largest joint. Women are affected more than men. Important cause is arthritis, an inflammatory joint disease that causes knee pain in every third person. Artificial knees are increasingly sued now-a-days. Since a large part of our weight is borne by the knee, its insides have a double or triple protection. Kneecaps, ligaments, tendons, muscles and cartilage enable us to walk upright.

– When cartilage dwindles: A person in their 50s, the cartilaginous tissue can no longer store much water. The lubricant loses its elasticity and cartilage coating on bone-ends become thinner, stiffer and less resilient. Tissue densification narrows the transit paths for the supply of nutrients an washing out of debris. The cartilage uses a suction and squeezing out process to sustain itself on the synovial fluid which irrigates the knee joint in the articular capsule. If the synovial tissue is inflamed, severe pain results. The knee becomes swollen and joint becomes stiff.

– The process by which arthrosis spreads is complex and involves interplay of mechanical and biochemical factors. Excess weight or heavy physical work are major causes of chronic overuse and early damage of joints. The degree of cartilage loss does not correlate with the severity of pain. Gap between the bones of knee joint is an important factor. Smaller is this gap, more serious is the problem. Doctors recommend an arthroscopy in addition to imaging procedures, for diagnostic as well as therapeutic purposes. Sodium hyaluronate injections seem to reduce the pain but without addressing the real cause. Cortisone can be injected into knee joint into knee joint if pain is prolonged. However, frequent injections are not recommended.

– Acupuncture also provides some relief.
– Treatments involving leeches work better than any standard therapy.
– Experts recommend low risk activities such as yoga, Tai Chi, hiking, cycling and swimming.
– Weight reduction and cushioning shoe insoles can bring relief.

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