Info About Arthritis In The Knee You Wish Your Doctor Had Told You

Arthritis In The Knee can develop from knee tendonitis.  Or from rheumatoid arthritis. Or a sports related impact injury.  Or an infection.

An inflamed knee joint can happen for a variety of reasons...but in all cases the behavior is predictable, and the symptoms are (for the most part) reversible.

If your doctor tells you that arthritis in knee joints is just a normal part of aging, you may want to walk out (limp out).   Aging doesn't cause knee arthritis.

Poor physical function does.

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Arthritis In The Knee Symptoms

There are many possible symptoms of knee arthritis, it's definitely not limited to just arthritis knee pain.

Whether it's from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, or pretty much any other 'type' of the following are some of the possible symptoms of having arthritis in the knee:

  • stiff knee
  • sore knee
  • swollen knee
  • squeeking or grinding noises
  • knee cracking
  • knee clicking
  • chronic knee pain
  • knee pain when bending
  • damaged joint lining
  • knee bone deformity

If one has any of the above symptoms, one would be wise not to ignore them.  Once knee arthritis sets in and the Pain Causing Dynamic gets worse, it's not the kind of thing that can get better on it's own.

You have to help your body get rid of it.

Your doctor, who thinks that arthritis is incurable, will only talk about trying to minimize symptoms.

But you want to get rid of the CAUSES of the symptoms.  Do note that 'arthritis' is not the cause of the symptoms.  'Knee Arthritis' is a label for the (grouping of) symptoms.

Types Of Arthritis In The Knee

'Arthritis' means 'inflamation of a joint'.  'Arthritis in the knee' is pretty self explanatory of 'where' that particular inflammation is showing up.

The inflammation (of the joint) can be caused by several different dynamics.  The three most common types are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis 
  • Psoriatic Arthritis (a slight variation of rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Bacterial infection

Knee Osteoarthritis

The most common type of arthritis in knee joints is Osteoarthritis.

Basically, osteoarthritis is caused by the Tendonitis Dynamic (progressively too tight muscle and connective tissue, inflammation, and nutritional insufficiency).

Said another way, muscles don't function correctly, the knee joint gets compressed, and the interior of the joint grinds on itself.  This inflames and then damages the knee joint lining.

The knee is a big weight bearing joint.  So if it's hurting, every moment you're standing up, and every step you take, increases the irritation and inflammation.

Rheumatoid Arthritis In The Knee(s)

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect one or both knees (as well as any other joint it wants to).

Osteoarthritis is 'physical'.  RA is 'systemic'

In short, RA is a dynamic where due to nutritional insufficiency, systemic inflammation, and damaged gut lining, the body attacks itself (in the joints, mostly) and causes knee joint pain and then knee joint damage.

Psoriatic Arthritis In The Knee(s)

Psoriatic Arthritis in knee joints has the same causes as RA, it just shows up differently, with skin issues and different 'symmetry' of affected joints.

But the knee(s) can still be affected.

Bacterial Infection/Reactive Arthritis

Bacterial infection can cause knee joint inflammation and pain (arthritis).

Once the infection is gone, the knee arthritis can return in 'flare ups'.

Doctors call this 'reactive arthritis' and blame it on the old infection.

But is there still an infection in there (causing the pain) or not?  If you're talking with your doctor about this, get a straight answer.

  • If there is an infection, you need to get that dealt with.
  • If there is no infection, then why are they calling it 'reactive arthritis'?  What is it reacting to?

Successfully Treating Arthritis In The Knee

There are many treatments for knee arthritis that don't work.

Here are the main ones, in no particular order:

They don't fix arthritis in knee joints.  

They can't.

Because they don't eliminate the causes of the knee arthritis. 

There's just not much else to say about that, other than, if you want to get rid of your knee arthritis, you need to successfully reverse the factors that CAUSE the symptoms.

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