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Osteophyte at superior pole of patella
Hi, My mother is having severe pain in her right leg joint, X ray revealed that it is Osteophyte at superior pole of right patella. Doctor suggested  medication i. e  Etoricoxib 120 mg tablets which she is taking daily along with the she is along doing exercise instructed by doctor but her condition is not improving. Whenever she discontinue medicine as she gets lot of side effect with the medicine like stomach upset, giddiness etc, she again gets the pain. Please suggest any other alternative for this condition, is surgery is advisable in her case? And is it safe to use  this medication for the long term. Thank you Regards Amit Ranjan
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Superior pole osteophyte has minimal clinical significance.
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Search for other causes of knee pain commonly knee or patellofemiral arthritis. consult online. and share knee weight bearing      x-rays.
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Etorocoxib should be avoided. There are other ways of having pain control along with knee recovery.
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Osteophytrs at patella are common at 60 yrs. pain meds are temporary and can be taken on short term basis. Please see if she is overweight, is diabetic or hypertensive. Check uric acid and esr. Reduce weight, avoid sitting on ground, continue exercises, use braces intermittently.
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