Do your mornings start with stiff muscles and aching knee joints?
You might blame it on the tediously long hours at work or that really heavy object you lifted the other day. Or, you may admit that your limbs are giving up due to old age. Whatever the reason might be―swollen knee joints shouldn’t be disregarded.
So what do you do?
In most cases, people rely on self-medication instead of consulting with a doctor. But eventually, your daily dose of painkillers won’t help you get through the day. Neither will they stop the inflammation in your swollen joints or reduce the stiffness. Subsequently, the slightest movement of your legs could cause you excruciating pain. After a certain stage, your doctor may suggest surgery or some form of joint replacement.
Sounds grim, doesn’t it? That’s why we advise you to not let knee osteoarthritis take over your life. Consult a doctor as soon as you notice the first signs. Or better yet, come visit the knee specialists at Divergent Healthcare!
Our specialists are well-versed in the matters of knee arthritis and joint pain. We are known to go off the conventional track and opt for a non-invasive approach when it comes to your treatment.
But before we give you the details of our treatment, let’s learn some facts about your condition.
What Is Knee Osteoarthritis?
Knee Osteoarthritis or OA is one of the most common types of arthritis. It is a degenerative condition that usually occurs due to the daily ‘wear and tear’ of your joints. That’s why people over the age of 50 are most likely to suffer from this condition.
What does this condition entail? The osteoarthritis generally targets the knee joints.. That’s because our everyday movements like walking, running, and climbing the stairs usually have a greater impact on the knees.
Thus, all this activity triggers off the deterioration of our protective cartilage and synovial fluid. Both features are responsible for acting as a buffer between two joints. It contains shock-absorbing qualities that usually minimize the blow from a jerk/pull of the joints.
So naturally, without the protective layer between them, our bones start rubbing off each other whenever we move. This creates a certain amount of friction which weakens the bone and stimulates swelling which causes excruciating pain.
What Are the Usual Causes of Knee Osteoarthritis?
Despite popular belief, age isn’t only risk factor in osteoarthritis of the knee. The Divergent Healthcare Centre has diagnosed this disease in many patients who were barely over 30. The reason for their degenerative state was poor diet, genetics and severe injuries of the limbs. With the help of medical research and our own case studies, we’ve developed a list of common causes of knee osteoarthritis.
Let’s have a look:
- Age:People over 50 are most affected by this condition
- Gender:Women are more vulnerable to this disease
- Genes:Bone deformities and hereditary issues might cause early osteoarthritis
- Injuries: Sports injuries and accidents increase the chances of OA
- Obesity: Excessive weight hinders movement and puts more pressure on your joints. This, in turn, activates the degeneration.
Apart from this, sometimes osteoarthritis is an occupational hazard. This is especially true for jobs that cause you to put excess strain on a particular joint. For instance, construction workers might suffer from knee osteoarthritis because the regularly lift weights and carrying heavy supplies to and from the site.
How Is It Treated?
At Divergent Healthcare, we won’t be offering you any generic medications. Instead of some prescribed meds, you’ll be examined by a skilled knee specialist when you come here. The diagnosis will then help them understand which treatment would be beneficial for you.
In most cases, we usually opt for FDA approved hyaluronic acid injections for knee osteoarthritis. The injections contain a powerful formula that’s part of the viscosupplementation procedure.
This method uses hyaluronic acid to take the place of your dried up synovial fluid. The substance offers a cushioning effect that minimizes the ‘wear and tear’ of the joints. That’s the reason why they’re more reactive than standard medication.
Let’s take a closer look at these injections:
1. CINGAL Injection
CINGAL injections are the first of its kind as it’s a combination of hyaluronic acid with a steroid. The steroid is there to provide instant relief within 24 hours post-treatment. While the hyaluronic acid works as lubrication for the joints. Subsequently, the substance causes long-lasting relief from pain and discomfort.
The best part is that these injections are known as ‘single-shot’ treatments. You usually require only one shot injected directly at the knee joint. The positive outcomes are expected to be experienced within 24-48 hours. The specialist will then schedule the next appointment after they analyze the results
2. Mono Visc Injection
Mono Visc injections contain a high-molecular gel-like substance. They’re made from non-avian sources that contain hyaluronic acid. The injections are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. They eliminate your knee pain by reducing the swelling in the joints and acting as the naturally occurring synovial fluid.
Like the CINGAL injections, these too are one-shot injections. After the reactions of the first shot, the specialist will book an appointment for the next one. Their effects usually last for a couple of weeks.
3. OrthoVisc Injection
Orthovisc is an alternative viscosupplement. The injection is mainly used for the symptomatic treatment of the joints. Like the other two injections, this substance acts as a lubricant for the joints. This allows the joints to move more freely and smoothly.
However, unlike the other two, the treatment involves a three weeks course. The specialist will inject the viscosupplement inside the entry point of your knee joints. Then wait to see how the body reacts to the fluid in the course of 24 hours.
What to expect from the procedure? The treatments are potent and completely non-invasive. You only feel a mild tinge when the injection penetrates your knee joints. After that, you may experience swelling and redness in the area. But both things wear off in a few hours.
Then the patient only experiences the good things. That means:
- No knee pain
- Reduced swelling
- Ease of movement
Overall, we try to provide you with a holistic game plan that can be modified according to your needs. We may also recommend diet plans and exercise routines that will support our treatments.
Moreover, we include rehab and shockwave therapy as part of the knee osteoarthritis treatment plan. Both of which have proved to beneficial for our patients. They improve the degeneration of your tissues and joints. It consequently, alleviates the pain to offer you long-lasting relief.
Although osteoarthritis is an irreversible condition these injections do eliminate the need for surgery. And the follow up treatments ensure that your legs become mobile and the swelling goes down. All of this helps promote mobility and impeded the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis.
When Should You Visit Us?
The sooner the better! That’s our motto at Divergent Healthcare. We believe that coming to us during the initial stages of osteoarthritis proves to be highly beneficial for patients. It allows us to properly treat the condition before it escalates. Therefore, we advise you to drop by as soon as you notice signs of osteoarthritis.
- Noticeable pain in the joints when you move
- Limitations in your movements and a certain stiffness
- Swelling and redness near the knees
- A slight creaking/cracking sound when you stand up