Greetings Doctor. My aunt is having severe knee pain. She describes it as whenever she sits and gets up the pain is higher. She is finding it even a little hard to work. Kindly tell us what might be the problem and give some immediate relief.
Thanking you in advance.
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At her age Isis ally Arthritis is the cause of knee pain. Her symptoms looks like early OA and physiotherapy and quadriceps and hamstring s stretching / strengthening exercises will help in reducing pain.
Pic shows that mudcles and joint capsule are weaker now, so that knee joint is not strong enough to take body weight. This type of condition is usally seen in "OA KNEE". home program you can do is -: hot applucation in every 2-3hrs.while sit leg should not be in hanging position.knee cap is help her to reduce pain. Remove knee cap while sleep. She can take pain killer if she doesn't have gastric irritation. For proper exercise progam ask her to meet physiotherapist. Discuss short term and long term goal effect of exercise to there physio.
Hams Stretching- lie straight, take the leg up, pull the feet towards yourself, with a elastic tube or normal belt. repeat 10 times, twice a day.
Quadriceps Exercises- Lie straight, make a towel role and put it under the knee, press the keen against the role, hold it for 20 secs. Repeat 20 times twice a day. This will help relieve some pain.
It appears that the knee is inflamed possibly due to wearing out of the joint. In other words she has osteoarthritis of the knee joints.
For immediate relief she can apply a warm bag or towel soaked in warm water to both the knees. Knee caps that are available in the local pharmacy can also help bring some relief to the knee.
A visit to the ortho surgeon can help. He will most likely order xrays to confirm the diagnosis. Pain meds will help bring the inflammation in the knee down. Avoiding sitting on the floor and climbing up or down stairs can help to an extent. Keeping weight under control is also important to prevent further deterioration.
A total knee replacement is the only permanent solution that will provide long lasting relief from pain and help to keep her mobile.
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