Hello and welcome to HCM
is a chronic disease which can be managed conservatively in early stage.
Conservative management consists of life style management.
1. Avoiding bending, squating and kneeling positions. These positions cause damage to the knee joint.
2. Weight loss
in case you are overweight
. Maintaining ideal weight is essential. Excessive weight puts pressure on the joint and hence increases the damage.
3. Light exercise helps however, difficult postures or positions at knee joint can harm.
4. For pain a pain killer can be taken. However if long term use of pain killer causes acidity, an antacid can be taken.
5. Intra-articular injections of steroids and hyaluronic acid
provide symptomatic relief.
In cases when the entire articular cartilage is damaged joint replacement
surgery is the option. Joint replacement surgery replaces the normal joint by prosthesis.
Hope it helps.
Dr Shailja P Wahal