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Suggest treatment for osteo arthiritis of knees

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Posted on Thu, 28 May 2015
Question: This is in reference to 64 yr old female who has osteo arthiritis of both kness. Her left leg is more effected. With her current x-rays doctors suggested she does not need surgery at this time as she can walk staright for 20 mins and then rest. However, when she walks, she is limping on her left leg. She takes osteo bio flex medications.

Is there any remedies to slow down the growth of knee arthiritis?

Also, is it ok to walk more in severe knee arthiritis or rest more?



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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Regular exercise will help.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
For osteoarthritis, weight reduction is the main treatment along with medicines to decrease pain like NSAID's - paracetamol, aceclofenac etc., Life style modifications like avoiding sitting cross legged, squatting, using XXXXXXX type toilets will decrease the rate of progression of osteoarthritis. Exercises like quadriceps strengthening, swimming, straight leg raising will help in improving the muscle strength around the knee and will help in decreasing pain.
Hyaluronic acid injections given into the joint (especially large joints like knee joint) in prescribed dosages will give good short term pain relief in arthritic joints ranging from 1-2 years. She can take them after consulting an orthopaedic surgeon.
Regular walking is a must to retain the joint mobility and to decrease the joint stiffness.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal
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Suggest treatment for osteo arthiritis of knees

Brief Answer: Regular exercise will help. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. For osteoarthritis, weight reduction is the main treatment along with medicines to decrease pain like NSAID's - paracetamol, aceclofenac etc., Life style modifications like avoiding sitting cross legged, squatting, using XXXXXXX type toilets will decrease the rate of progression of osteoarthritis. Exercises like quadriceps strengthening, swimming, straight leg raising will help in improving the muscle strength around the knee and will help in decreasing pain. Hyaluronic acid injections given into the joint (especially large joints like knee joint) in prescribed dosages will give good short term pain relief in arthritic joints ranging from 1-2 years. She can take them after consulting an orthopaedic surgeon. Regular walking is a must to retain the joint mobility and to decrease the joint stiffness. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal