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Do you know that there is more than 9% of adult Malaysians had knee pain and more than half of them are having knee osteoarthritis? Knee osteoarthritis is a common condition in Malaysia which affect 60% of the population aged 65 and above. One Spine Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Center has treated many patients with knee pain successfully without surgical intervention. We have also seen many patients who suffered from knee pain even after the surgery and worse thing is the pain is limiting their activities of daily life.
While age is a major risk factor for osteoarthritis of the knee, young people can get it too. For some individuals, it may be hereditary. For others, knee osteoarthritis can result from injury of the knee joint without proper recovery or being overweight.
KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS IN MALAYSIA
WHAT IS KNEE OSTEROARTHRITIS ?
Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the natural cushioning between joints – cartilage wears away over times. This happens when the bones of the joints rub more closely against one another with less of the shock absorbing benefits of cartilage. The rubbing results in pain, stiffness, decreased ability to move and sometimes, the formation of bone spurs.
NORMAL KNEE JOINT
ARTHRITIC KNEE JOINT
In the case of knee osteoarthritis, the joint cartilage on the surfaces of the shin bone, thighbone and the kneecap rub together, which can lead to pain, swelling, and inflammation and make movement difficult.
There are a few stages of knee osteoarthritis which defined the severity of the condition. Normally, knee OA is diagnosis via a series of physical examination as well as X-ray examination.
STAGES IN KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS
Stage 1 – A person with stage 1 OA will show very minor bone spur growth. The person will usually not experience pain or discomfort as the tear and wear is very minor.
Stage 2 – Also known as the “mild” stage. X-rays of the knee joints will reveal greater bone spur growth, but the cartilage is usually at a health size, the knee space joint is normal and the bones are not rubbing one another. In this stage, sufferers may begin to experience knee pain after a long day of walking or running. Joint stiffness in the joint when sitting for too long without moving or tenderness when kneeling or bending.
Stage 3 – Classified as “moderate” stage. In this stage, the cartilage between bones shows obvious damage, the space between the knee joints begin to narrow. People with this stage are likely to experience frequent pain at the knee join when walking, running, bending, or kneeling. They may also experience joint stiffness after sitting for long period of time or when waking up in the morning. Joint swelling may be present after extended periods of motion.
Stage 4 – The “severe” stage. People with this stage experience great pain and discomfort when they walk or move the joint. The joint space between bones is dramatically reduced with the cartilage is almost completely gone, leaving the joint stiff and possibly immobile. At this stage, people have their daily activities affected.
Muscles and Ligament act important roles in protecting the knee joint from injury. Weak and tight muscles will result in imbalances in the knee joints eventually results in arthritis in knee joint. The tight muscles from the thigh and leg will compress the kneecap against the thigh at the same time stress the meniscus (the cartilage between the shin bone and the thigh bone) leading to degeneration.
In One Spine Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre, we not only reduce the pain but with the treatment backed by our team of physiotherapists, we are able to identify the weak and tight muscles and strengthen them accordingly.
KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS TREATMENT IN MALAYSIA
Due to our lifestyles, knee osteoarthritis is becoming more common in Malaysia. The fact that it is becoming more common and many people are opting for surgical procedure when they do not need it. One Spine Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre have treated more than 500 patients with knee osteoarthritis at a recovery rate more than 95%. We have seen so many patients who are having difficulty performing their activities of daily lives even after surgery.
We believe that we always need to focus on the root cause of your knee pain rather than just relieving the pain which is temporary. Our group of chiropractors and physiotherapists will normally examine your condition specifically and perform treatment targeted to those tissues and structures which require correction, repairs and fixing. Most importantly, our treatment approach is non-invasive and non-surgical. Why not try our treatment first before even going for surgical intervention which is irreversible. Call us today to learn more about treatment on knee osteoarthritis in Malaysia.