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Knee arthritis

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:45 pm
by cathy1122
Hi, I have arthritis in both knees, but in the right knee it's more or less bone on bone,pain killers help but I'm finding it difficult to walk up stairs and now every step is painful.any tips on easing the pain would be really appreciated, I'm 46 but feel 90!

Re: Knee arthritis

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:57 pm
by Arthritis Care
Walking can be painful, as you have experienced, when OA of the knee is bone on bone. There are some options for managing the pain that you could explore with your GP, including a review of your pain-relieving medicines, applying heat or cold to the knee joint and wearing knee braces. Your GP may suggest a steroid injection, which can offer several weeks, or even months, of relief from a very painful joint.
It may also help to get the input of a physiotherapist (for exercises to keep the knee joint mobile) and an occupational therapist (who can advise on practical help, such as equipment).
The following Arthritis Care booklets offer more detail on these issues:
Managing pain: ... aging-pain
Independent living: ... -arthritis.
I hope this information is useful. If it would help to talk things over, you are very welcome to call the Arthritis Care Helplines 0808 800 4050.
Best wishes,
Rachael, Helplines Worker

Re: Knee arthritis

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:53 pm
by Mr Adrian Wilson
Again this is a recurring theme..please look at the innovations on my knee to see what is on offer to help with this common problem. This includes platelet rich plasma injections (please see the animation at to fat derived stem cell injections.

You may well be amenable to an offloading osteotomy which is the operation of choice for bone on bone arthritis. Please see to find out more. There is a great animation.
Or maybe a partial knee resurfacing please look at the animation on in the knee replacement section

Hope that helps..there is so much we can do.

Re: Knee arthritis

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:49 pm
by Nicola Footman

Depending on the extent of the arthritis - physiotherapy can be a good option. You can be taught strengthening exercises to help support the knee and hip and core. The muscles can absorb some of the stress applied to the knee when walking thus reducing the symptoms you feel. Acupuncture can help reduce the pain in some cases and advice surrounding good footwear, pacing of activities and knee supports can also be of value.

There has been lots of fantastic advice surrounding OA management on this forum and it doesn't always have to result in a knee replacement...I really hope you find an option that works for you.


Re: Knee arthritis

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:38 am
by dragon62
my knee arthritis is very bad when i first wake up in the mornings i can barely move its so stiff and painful
gp has suggested painkillers before bed is there anything eles you can suggest trying