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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?

Patient: Yeah.

Dr Christian: You’ve got a lot of fluid in this knee already.

Patient: Yeah.

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.

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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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My knee snell at work it stand or sit and I get a lots of cramp in my leg.. can't Wear dress my leg look nasty i feel depressed all day Please help ..





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I have an problem with both my knees in that even on a mild day they are ice cold and very painful yet my feet are so hot they are uncomfortable. Historically, I was a commercial diver in a hard hat whent he pressure on the knees is greater than the the upper body, also later I went on to deep sea saturation diving and suffered several bends in the early days. I have also had an operation for a hernia in my lower back so it may be relevant. I am 74 andit is now effecting my sleep. Any advice would be most welcome. Any advice would be welcome





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Hi I'm 42 and have atheritis in my right knee it's been crunching for years now and last 2 years it goes red hot and swollen every evening painfull to say the least bruising appears on side of knee a lot and last weekend I fell of some step ladders on my knees I went to a & e and they said it's just Badley bruised but the pain is bad id say 7/10 it's been 6 days now and my knee crunches from each side as well now





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Hi am 23 and am suffering from knee problems.Been two years now, and the doctors have said i have osteoarthiritis. My left knee gets stiff and unlocks and i have inability to even walk and i have tried accupuncture,physiotheraphy and i am also trying to do as much exercise at home. Due to this i have, i am having difficulties with everyday activities. I have no idea what to do.Please could you help me thank you





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Im 34 I've been going to the doctors for years trying to find out why I'm suffering with pains I'm my legs back and my knee it locks up and makes a crunching noise and swells up I've been tested for arthritis





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I`m a 34 yr old female i was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees 3 yrs ago. I have tried so many different drugs that i cant even remember half of the names. i am currently on 20mg butrans patches in which are not even touching the pain. I`m in severe pain 24/7 i have been told so many times that i am unfit for work please help i am on the verge of killing myself.





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Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis and it is caused by sudden loss of cartilage in the joints of knees. This is the most common in the types of arthritis. Approx 8.5 million people in UK and 27 million people in USA are suffering by this condition. This disease increase over the time and cannot be cured. Some therapies can only control the condition and help with regular pain. http://arthritis.com.sg/osteoarthritis/

Exercise can benefit a lot to people who are suffering from arthritis. In a study it was shown that approximately 53% of people who have arthritis problem do not exercise or go for a walk. Beyond exercise walking is suggested by doctors in arthritis problem. Walking strengthens muscles and joints by increase blood circulation in those parts.

Hello i 47 i had a quaftacept op a few years ago since the op my knee keeps on locking on me making me fall forward now in the last 4 months i have been getting severe pain in my other knee it hurts when i walk and when i am sitting the pain is so severe it also locks on me it is getting me down any sugestions my gp is useless all he prescribes is naproxin and codien sulphate





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Please can you help me? My right knee was burnt by burning plastic and badly scared When I was 7yrs old I fell at school, broken bolltes were in the unkept playground so my knee got badly cut. How can I get it my fixed or operated on? I've been to my Gp sent to a specialist but hasn't got my knee fixed. This has affected me for many, many years with low self-esteem. At home I can't bear to see my well-scared knee. I look forward to hearing from you.





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i had an operation last october to have a full knee ,prior to that it started with a half knee which did not take .its ten mths now and its still swolle but not only that my ankles are purple and i have pain in my calf wen examined .im now on water tablets but they seem to not work for the swelling,can you tell me what my problem is as i have good circulation in my legs .i also have parkinsons disease .





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I am 17 and my knees click and crunch when ever i straighten my leg i had to quit rugby because i couldnt play more than 5 minutes and it felt like i couldnt support my own wait on them. Since i carnt go runing because of the pain and my fitness has gone down hill i struggle to walk sometimes. :(





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