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What are the symptoms of knee arthritis?

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Posted on Tue, 5 May 2015
Question: My father had a ligament operation done about 1 year ago..he broke one of his knee ligaments..the surgery was totaly succesful and the doctor said hel be normaly up and running after around 5 months...its been a year nw and he experiences lots of pain in the knee sometime....and to the XXXXXXX the operation was on the right knee...and his left knee has also started to ache sometimes....xray reports arent showing anyproblem and also the doctor says its all fine...any assistance would realy help...thank you
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (51 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
He may be having early knee arthritis

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have studied your case. I think your father is developing early knee arthritis.In this condition there is cartilage damage and it causes knee pain.Patient may have difficulty in squatting and sitting cross leg.
I would recommend you following.
1.Meet a physio and start static quadriceps exercises for him.
2.Tablet Calcium and Vitamin D 3 daily.
3.Hot water fomentation.
4.Volitran ointment daily application.
5. Avoid squatting and sitting cross leg.
I hope these steps will be helpful for him. Let me know if there is any other followup questions.
thanks
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (46 minutes later)
What kind of athritis is it specificaly?and how come the second knee which was fyn and not tampered with is having problems...and ya..th knee usualy makes some creeky cracky sound when moved up and down..physical exercises arent realy helping much..they are actualy increasing the pain
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
This is osteoarthritis

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
This is typical case of osteoarthritis which is age related degenerative procedure. His normal knee is causing pain because he is putting less weight on affected side. Physiotherapy is painful but will be effective in long term.
Cracking sound is because rough bone is rubbing against each other. Arthritis is common in all patients above fifty. So there is nothing unusual.
You can send his knee x rays to me. It should be done in standing position. I will try my best to help you.
thanks
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: He may be having early knee arthritis Detailed Answer: Hello, I have studied your case. I think your father is developing early knee arthritis.In this condition there is cartilage damage and it causes knee pain.Patient may have difficulty in squatting and sitting cross leg. I would recommend you following. 1.Meet a physio and start static quadriceps exercises for him. 2.Tablet Calcium and Vitamin D 3 daily. 3.Hot water fomentation. 4.Volitran ointment daily application. 5. Avoid squatting and sitting cross leg. I hope these steps will be helpful for him. Let me know if there is any other followup questions. thanks