Everyone wishes to live a healthy life where they can freely do the things they enjoy, such as traveling to their favorite vacation spots, taking their loved ones for a long drive or playing their favorite sport.
However, some diseases prevent you from enjoying your life. Osteoarthritis is one such condition that restricts you from going about your routine. It often makes it difficult for patients even to walk or climb stairs. Unfortunately, once you develop it, it can’t be cured. However, it can be treated so you can live a normal life.
What is Knee Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage cushioning your bones wears away. As a result, the protective space between the bones decreases and every time you move, the bones in your joints rub against each other.
It affects a large number of people in Canada. According to the Arthritis Society, osteoarthritis affects approximately five million Canadians i.e., it affects one in six Canadians.
While osteoarthritis can affect any body part, it most commonly occurs in the knees.
What causes it?
There are a number of causes of knee osteoarthritis. Some of them are listed below:
- Age: Knee osteoarthritis is most common among people aged 50 or above.
- Obesity: Being overweight increases the risks of developing knee
- Family history
- Gender: A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal states that osteoarthritis is more common in women than in men.
- Past injury or fracture
What are its symptoms?
The symptoms of knee osteoarthritis tend to grow as your condition worsens. The pain gradually increases, making it difficult for you to walk or kneel. Sometimes you’ll feel pain even when you’re just sitting. As your pain increases, you’ll also notice swelling and stiffness around your knee.
How can it be treated?
There are different treatment options available for knee osteoarthritis, such as physical therapy, acupuncture, and knee replacement surgery. Some people take pain killers but that only provides temporary relief.
The most effective procedure is Hyaluronic Acid Injections Treatment. These injections improve the quality of synovial fluid in your knee joints, which is lost over time. Synovial fluid works as a lubricant, helping your joints work properly.
Below some details about 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid Injections:
- Cinjal Injections
A Cinjal Injection is a single-shot injection that contains hyaluronic acid with a steroid, triamcinolone hexacetonide. The steroid gives you instant relief while the hyaluronic acid gives you sustained pain relief over a period of time.
- OrthoVisc Injections
OrthoVisc Injections involve a three-week course and are directly injected into your knee joint. It helps your knee as a lubricant so it can move smoothly.
- Mono Visc Injections
It’s a one-shot, high molecular solution known for its anti-inflammatory properties. A single shot can provide you relief for up to 6 months.
If you are suffering from knee osteoarthritis and want to consult a specialist, contact Divergent Health Care in Calgary, Canada. You will be examined by a knee specialist who will recommend a suitable treatment plan for chronic pain management.