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KNEE PROBLEMS IN SENIORS
Knee & Osteoarthritis Overview
The knees provide stable support for the body. They also allow the legs to bend and straighten. Both flexibility and stability are needed to stand, walk, run, crouch, jump, and turn. Knee problems can occur in men, women, and children and in people of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Mechanical knee problems can be caused by:
Inflammatory knee problems can be caused by certain rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus). These diseases cause swelling that can damage the knees permanently.
Rheumatoid arthritis is another type of arthritis that affects the knee. In rheumatoid arthritis, the knee becomes inflamed and cartilage may be destroyed. Treatment includes:
The most common type of arthritis of the knee is osteoarthritis. As we age, cartilage in our knee break down, causing the cushion needed to absorb shock between the bones. This break down of cartilage is commonly known as Osteoarthritis of the knee (OA Knee) and can cause symptoms such as:
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common cause of disability among elderly men and women.
Several factors may increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee.
Treatments for osteoarthritis are:
Three types of exercise are best for people with arthritis:
Knee Problem Prevention
Some knee problems (such as those resulting from an accident) can’t be prevented. But many knee problems can be prevented by doing the following:
A knee brace offers support and stability for an injured or weak knee when worn properly. There are many different types of knee braces. Some of the most common types of knee braces are:
Speak to your doctor as to what type of knee brace is best suited for you.
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