Arthrosis Knee

Arthrosis Knee Pain – Definition and Treatment

Arthrosis is another term for osteoarthritis, a non-inflammatory disease of the joint in which the cartilage in the joint breaks down. The word “arthrosis” comes from a Greek root, “arthros” meaning a joint (as in arthritis, inflammation of a joint). This degenerative disease occurs as a result of injury, aging, and long-term wear and tear of cartilage in the joints. It causes pain and stiffness. Arthrosis knee can affect any joint but most commonly affects the knees, spine, and hips.

Arthrosis knee is one of the five leading causes of disability among elderly men and women. The risk for disability from osteoarthritis of the knee is as great as that from cardiovascular disease.

Several factors may increase the risk of developing arthrosis knee pain.

• Weight: Weight increases pressure on joints such as the knee.

• Age: The ability of cartilage to heal itself decreases as people age.

• Gender: Women who are older than 50 years of age are more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee than men.

• Trauma: Previous injury to the knee, including sports injuries, can lead to osteoarthritis of the knee.

• Heredity: There is some evidence that genetic mutations may make an individual more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee.

• Repetitive stress injuries: These are usually associated with certain occupations, particularly those that involve kneeling or squatting, walking more than two miles a day, or lifting at least 55 pounds regularly. In addition, occupations such as assembly line worker, computer keyboard operator, performing artist, shipyard or dock worker, miner, and carpet or floor layer have shown higher incidence of osteoarthritis of the knee.

• High impact sports: Elite players in soccer, long-distance running and tennis have an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee.

• Other illnesses: Repeated episodes of gout or septic arthritis, metabolic disorders and some congenital conditions can also increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee.

• Other risk factors: Other factors are being investigated, including the impact of vitamins C and D, poor posture or bone alignment, poor aerobic fitness, and muscle weakness

In general, treatment options fall into several major groups:

• Health and behavior modifications, such as patient education, physical therapy, exercise, weight loss, and bracing

• Drug therapies, including simple pain relievers such as aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, COX-2 specific inhibitors, opiates and stronger drugs for patients who do not respond to other drugs or treatments, and glucosamine and/or chondroitin sulfate

• Intra-articular treatments, including corticosteroid injections or injections of hyaluronic acid (viscosupplementation)

• Surgery, including arthroscopy, osteotomy, and arthroplasty (joint replacement)

• Experimental/alternative treatments such as acupuncture, magnetic pulse therapy, vitamin regimes and topical pain relievers

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