Knee pain is a common health problem affecting adult Americans today. It is generally a symptom of several conditions, one of which is discussed by Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff in his medical advice column for The Californian:
The joints in your body are cushioned by cartilage. This tough, rubbery tissue covers and protects the ends of bones inside a joint, allowing them to glide smoothly against one another as the joint moves.
With chondromalacia, the cartilage inside a joint softens and breaks down. The ends of the bones can rub together, causing pain. Chondromalacia can affect any joint, but the most common location is inside the knee.
Chondromalacia afflicts athletes, young adults with somewhat misaligned kneecaps, and older adults who are suffering from arthritis of the kneecap.
Arthritis in its various forms is, in fact, prevalent among adult Americans, with millions known to be affected. New Jersey, in particular, has it tough: the latest figures from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that as many as 1,427,000 people in the state have arthritis in some way or form.
Hope is not lost, however, because the state has no shortage of pain relief experts willing to provide New Jerseyans with the best non-surgical treatments to help them out. For instance, those suffering from knee pain in Bergen County can consult specialists in facilities like the MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center, which offer proven solutions to pain such as Synvisc/Hyalgan injections, chiropractic care, brain-based therapy, and physical therapy.
These treatments are best used against osteoarthritis–the most common type of arthritis in the world. Most experts believe that virtually everyone will develop osteoarthritis at some point in their lives, although some people are more at risk, given their age, weight, heredity, and even gender. For instance, those aged 45 years and above are more susceptible to developing osteoarthritis. In addition, the CDC says that about 70 percent of arthritis sufferers in New Jersey are also overweight, pointing to fitness as an indicator for osteoarthritis risk.
Nonsurgical treatments for this condition, as well as other knee problems like chondromalacia, include strength exercises, pain relief medicine (like ibuprofen), and special knee braces. These may be included in a comprehensive Bergen County knee pain treatment that pain relief experts provide.
Currently, various studies are being made to address knee pains, but known solutions from the experts can go a long way in helping chronic sufferers deal with the condition, and get on with their lives with as little disruption as possible.
(Source: Acupuncture may not help for knee pain, Health24, November 06, 2014)