Osteoarthritis (OA) is a form of degenerative arthritis that can cause serious knee pain. OA is the most common form of arthritis and typically affects older adults. OA is diagnosed based on X-ray findings of decreased or asymmetrical joint spacing, bone spurring and subchondral sclerosis (breakdown of the bone surface of the joint). Trauma, repetitive stress, muscular imbalance and postural distortions can create this damage over time. Over time, the cartilage that provides cushioning around the knee joint deteriorates. When the cartilage wears down, it is replaced by inflammatory chemicals that promote swelling and further breakdown of the joint causing you to you feel pain, stiffness, and loss of movement in your knee joint. Irritated nerves can cause spasm of the muscles to create pain around and behind the knee even when lying down.
Osteoarthritis leads many adults to resort to surgery as their only way to get pain relief. Unfortunately this has not shown to be a cure-all for knee pain. At Lynch Chiropractic and Chronic Pain Solutions we help many patients get pain relief without surgery.