Spotting osteoarthritis – The main symptoms

1255004_body_massageThe most common type of arthritis in the UK, osteoarthritis affects a huge percentage of the United Kingdom, with more than one million people visiting their GPs with symptoms every year. More than 140,000 people have knee or hip operations in Wales and England each year, and the number rises in proportion with the growing population.

Typically, the symptoms of osteoarthritis come in the form of sharp pain in the joints, coupled with a stiffness that makes it difficult to move joint at the source of the pain. Just to complicate things, osteoarthritis can sometimes have no symptoms at all, but come in fits and starts – one day you can feel a sharp, stabbing pain in the joint of your finger, and the next there will be no pain at all.

Sometimes the pain and stiffness can increase if you haven’t moved the joint for a while, your joints can appear slightly larger than normal (or even take on a knobbly effect), your joints might make a crackling or grinding sound during certain movements, you might feel weaker in the area around the joint, you could lose muscle mass in that area, and your movement range might lessen significantly.

If you have osteoarthritis in your knees, and it hasn’t occurred due to an injury or another condition, it is likely that both knees will experience discomfort at some time or other. You’ll notice significant increase in pain levels as you climb a steep hill or a set of stairs, and you may even hear that ‘grinding’ noise when you make sudden or sharp movements. With osteoarthritis of the knee joint, it is possible that your legs may give way at some point, making it difficult for you to stay standing, or impossible to completely straighten your leg – these are severe, but normal symptomatic reactions.

surgeonSo what is the best knee treatment for you? Well, there are many knee pain treatments, but it is up to you that what kind of treatment you are going to choose from. But the good news is that you can simply remove your acute knee pain by doing knee exercises either on a fitness center or at home! What are the most appropriate knee exercises? These usually range from leg raises to standing leg raises and single leg dip to wall squat. All you have to do is select a gym trainer if you want to avoid any further knee injury in your career. The more you keep your knees tight and flexible the more your life becomes easier. All you need to do is spot osteoarthritis symptoms quickly with the help of your knee surgeon so you could start the treatment immediately.