Does Knee Pain Always Indicate Rheumatism?
Hello, my father feels pain in his back accompanied by pain in the back of the knee. in severe conditions, swelling in the knee area to the size of the pimpong ball. At present my father has visited the local paramedics, because living in remote areas is difficult to get an appropriate specialist doctor. The village mantri declared rheumatic, but until now there were no significant changes
Hello Ade, thank you for asking.
Swelling in the knee can be caused by various things, ranging from infection, inflammation, to injury to one of the structures in the knee. Infection can be caused by the entry of bacteria or viruses. In an injury, it can affect the structure of the joints, bones, or tendons, and ligaments. Injuries are generally caused by work or daily activities. The structure of the knee can also become inflamed due to degeneration, autoimmune processes, or elevated levels of certain substances. Symptoms are generally similar, namely swelling, redness, pain, and stiffness or difficulty in movement.
Some diseases that are classified as rheumatic diseases are:
osteoartitis, which is inflammation of the joints due to the process of joint degeneration with age. Increasing age causes reduced joint fluid, and changes in joint and bone shape. This results in joint damage due to friction. This condition is generally found in older people, especially people with obesity, a history of joint injury, or a history of work and activities that involve a lot of weight support on the knee. rheumatoid arthritis. An autoimmune condition that attacks joints. Autoimmune is a condition in which the body's immune cells attack the body's own cells, causing tissue damage or death. gouty arthritis. Also known as 'gout'. This condition is caused by an increase in uric acid levels in the blood which then accumulates to form uric acid crystals in the joints. Joints will have a bulge, accompanied by pain and stiffness. Apart from the above conditions, there are other possible conditions that your father can experience, including:
Pyogenic arthritis of other autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus knee tumor Your father should indeed receive a direct examination by a doctor. The doctor will assess directly through a physical examination. If deemed necessary, the doctor will also conduct additional examinations such as X-rays, or MRI. Treatment is generally in the form of anti-inflammatory and anti-pain. Handling at home can include warm compresses on the knees, rest the knees, give the bandages with elastic bandages on the knees, support the knees with a chair when sitting, and try to exercise lightly to strengthen the muscles of the thighs and calves. Stop consuming cigarettes or alcohol.
Hopefully this answer can help. Regards.