Recognizing a knee problem can occur at anytime. Arthritic knee problems may be related to previous injury, demands placed on it over a lifetime, or a family predisposition.
When to seek help is usually prompted by either severe pain or just that nagging ache that won’t resolve. There are a number of ‘over-the-counter’ remedies that most of us try at some point. Taking time out for a doctor appointment is saved for when other options don’t seem to make much headway toward resolving the problem.
Arthritic pain can become more than an annoyance for some. Giving up activities or declining invitations because the knee won’t “make it” are common concerns. In the worst cases even a good night’s sleep can be difficult.
When To See A Doctor?
If you are suffering from…
- Prolonged joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Redness or warmth about the joint
- Loss of sleep due to pain
- Pain after a period of rest
- Diminishing motion or progressive limp
- Limitation of normal activities
- Inability to participate as desired due to pain
- Multiple episodes of pain during a month
Many conditions can cause or contribute to joint pain and many treatments exist.