Knee osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease of the knee, is typically the result of wear and tear and progressive loss of articular cartilage. This enables the bones to rub against each other making the knees to become stiff, pain and sometimes swell. This condition affects the elderly majority in women than in men
Why is there such a difference between men and women when it comes to osteoarthritis?
Three possible reasons are described below.
Changes in hormone levels
Evidence suggests that women’s susceptibility to osteoarthritis may be related to hormone levels. Hormone levels fluctuate with menstruation cycles and change during menopause.
Women’s risk of developing osteoarthritis increases significantly after menopause, and women may notice joint pain appears or worsens during this time. Estrogen levels drop during menopause. This drop may contribute to changes in the body that accelerate the osteoarthritis process.
Differences in the musculoskeletal system and biomechanics
While women’s bodies have the same joints as men’s, certain musculoskeletal differences exist. These differences alter the way women tend to stand, walk, and run, and how their joint surfaces move in relation to one another (joint articulation).
How does osteoarthritis in the knee affect my body?
Knee pain is the most common symptom of osteoarthritis in the knee, making it painful for you to jog, run, climb stairs or kneel. It can also make your knees feel stiff or swollen. Over time, osteoarthritis of the knee can change the shape of your knee joint, making your joint feel unstable or wobbly.
The most common cause of osteoarthritis of the knee is age. Almost everyone will eventually have some degree of osteoarthritis. But several things increase the risk of having significant arthritis at an earlier age.
Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
Factors that can increase your risk of osteoarthritis include:
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that worsens over time, often resulting in chronic pain. Joint pain and stiffness can become severe enough to make daily tasks difficult.
To get pictures of the affected joint, our health worker might recommend:
With a number of Homeopathic combinations, we have in stock, this condition is treatable and the rate of recovery is high