We know that a degeneration of the knee joint is a chronic disease that causes pain and in many cases can incapacitate, so much so that often surgery for a knee replacement is recommended.
But through some healthy lifestyle changes and preventative measures you can fight the loss of your knee health. The following article will help guide you.
What causes degeneration of the knee joint?
Arthritis is the leading cause of knee joint degeneration. In many cases genetics or hereditary diseases are to blame for the condition, and may include obesity or excess weight that puts stress on the joint. There are rare occasions where the degeneration does not appear to have any origin.
People may experience a slight alteration of their joint’s cartilage cells, or malformation of muscles or subcondral bone alignment which causes an undesirable alignment and resistance in the joint as well as affecting the elasticity of the cartilage, causes cartilage thinning and deterioration.
You should also take into consideration the damage that arthritis due to age can do, mainly the degeneration of cartilage cells. Among other cause of joint degeneration are injury or a lesion or previously unknown anomaly of the joint itself.
That is known as secondary joint arthritis and is mainly caused by injuries to the meniscus, fractures or knee strains. These are often found in athletes or those suffering from obesity. Despite the origin of your degenerative knee problems, man of the symptoms are clear.
Symptoms of a degenerative knee
- Pain after long periods of standing, feeling of pinched nerves.
- Swelling or pain after walking over rocky or uneven flooring, such as after a long hike.
- Sharp pains while climbing steps that may even have resulted in a fall.
- Pain during standing after long periods of sitting.
- Crunching or popping of joints.
- On occasion swelling. But be cautious; what often appears as swelling may be water retention. You can differentiate by noticing whether only one knee is swollen and/or if your feet or legs are swelling as well.
- In advanced stages, a malformation of the knee joint can be noticed, often causes your knees to turn inward due to cartilage damage.
- The development of ostiofitos in the joint.
How do you prevent joint degeneration?
If you’ve been diagnosed with degenerative knees you’ll want start thinking about changing your lifestyle. You’ll need to take very seriously the advice of your physician, educate yourself on pain management and the accompanying pharmaceutical prescription drugs.
Lifestyle changes can mean anything from avoiding picking up heavy objects to scheduling in rests and massage sessions. Those who suffer from a degeneration of the knee joints often live long and healthy lives. When the moment comes, you’ll want to discuss knee replacement with your doctor.
Often replaced joints have a limited shelf life, which is why discussing a knee replacement or any surgery should be done with an eye to your age and health. But before that option is necessary, you can take steps now to help control the pain and degeneration.
Prevention is key. You may have inherited the condition, or it may have resulted from a life long bone and ligament problem, but it doesn’t have to rule your life.
Be aware that cartilage can always regenerate, and living a healthy life can not only help limit the loss of cartilage but help you rebuild it. The following are some items to condor in the prevention phase of knee joint degeneration:
- Watch your weight; maintain a healthy weight to lessen the stress on your joints.
- Boost your immune system by ensuring you’re getting enough calcium, phosphorus and above all, magnesium. Make sure fruits and vegetables are a major part of your diet. You can speak to a nutritionist who can recommend foods or diets rich in these nutrients.
- Consult a nutritionist for a diet plan that help renew your cartilage; make sure to include legumes, yeast ,gelatin and eggs, as well as vitamin C present in fruits such as lemons, oranges and kiwis.
- Don’t eliminate exercise; try swimming, which is easy on the joints and good for your overall muscle and bone health.
By adjusting your lifestyle and making a few simple changes, you’ll notice a relief of pain associated with degenerating joints and cartilage. Remember that prevention and management are key to this condition.