Causes Of Knee Pain?
I want to ask, my mother has been experiencing pain in the knee for a very long time, sometimes she can’t walk, is it rheumatism or calcification of the bones in the joints? what’s the solution..?
Hi Latiepzz, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Pain in the knee in the elderly has several causes, which are often:
- Osteoarthritis, which is inflammation/stiffening of the joints due to the aging process. Characterized by pain or stiffness in the joints, especially in joints that support weight, such as both knee joints, spine. In osteoarthritis, the joint "lubricating" fluid is reduced and calcification occurs so that the joint becomes stiff and produces a "crack" or crepitus sound. Often occurs in the elderly, obese people, and those whose work often uses worn joints.
Gout arthritis, which is inflammation of the joints due to a buildup of uric acid. Often occurs in small joints, for example in the big toe, ankle. If it recurs, there will be swelling, pain, and redness in the joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis, which is inflammation of the joints due to an autoimmune process. An explanation of autoimmune and rheumatoid arthritis can be read here. Usually affects several small joints at the same time such as the fingers, and if it is too late it can cause deformation and bending of the affected joint.
To confirm the diagnosis, an in-depth interview, physical examination and support by a doctor are needed. Some of the supporting examinations are X-rays, complete blood counts, uric acid, to examination of signs of immunity. Therapies that may be given by doctors are anti-pain and therapy according to the cause. So, if this is very disturbing, you can check with your mother to get the right therapy.
Now what mothers can do at home to reduce complaints and prevent worsening are:
- Rest your legs and feet, do not push yourself
- Sports that do not result in excessive support on the knees, for example by swimming
- If you are overweight, you should try to lose weight
- Avoid foods that increase uric acid in the blood, such as chips, offal, fats, green vegetables (spinach, kale), alcohol
- Can take paracetamol and apply anti-pain cream
Hopefully the information is useful, Latiepzz.
dr. Sarah Rizqia