Patient: Well, I’m having problems with my knee, doctor. Any time I walk either here, on holiday or at home it swells up like a balloon.
Dr Christian: So after exercise it swells up?
Dr Christian: You’ve got a lot of fluid in this knee already.
Dr Christian: There’s a big old pocket here, a big old pocket there; look at it. Just bend your knee, let’s have a feel. Wow, if you could hear what I can feel, it’s what we call crepitus. It’s a grating where you’ve got rough cartilage grating against rough cartilage as your joints move and it’s basically something we call osteoarthritis. Worst case scenario, we have to give you a new knee, but you’re not there yet. You’re keeping fit, you’re keeping active and that’s the best thing you can do but occasional anti-inflammatory drugs when you need them really is the way that we treat this and exercising. If you can make these muscles here, your quadriceps muscles, strong they will really help improve knee pain in osteoarthritis pain in your knee.
Dr Christian meets a patient who is suffering from rough cartilage in his knees leading to a sore sounding case of osteoarthritis. In severe cases of osteoarthritis, a patient may need the affected joints replaced. Less invasive forms of treatment include anti-inflammatory drugs and exercise to strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joints and luckily Dr Christian’s holiday making patient requires the latter.
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