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Help your bilateral knee osteoarthritis

Updated on April 20, 2012

There are several people around the world who are suffering from knee osteoarthritis, some suffer in one knee but mostly suffer in both knees. So below are a few tips for patients suffering from OA, bilateral knees to ease their pain and discomfort from this chronic condition:

  • Knee arthritis is the most common problem found in elderly people who are above 60 and should be taken seriously. If some useful precautions and steps are taken, a person can get rid of the chronic pain experienced in their life. Arthritis happens when the synovial joint fluid is low or nil in the bone marrow. This decrease in synovial fluid leads to less flexibility of the joint rotation mechanism.

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  • First and most important sign and symptom of arthritis is morning stiffness in which a patient experiences stiffness in the joints when waking up in the morning. Legs and especially knees give away causing immobility for a few minutes and then when the body is warm enough, the patient starts to move.
  • For chronic pain, doctors or arthritis physicians provide pain medications or muscle relaxers or analgesics to the patient.
  • Arthritis can be treated and should be treated avoiding further surgical options.
  • Aloe vera juice provides long-term arthritis eradication.
  • Try doing yoga to avoid arthritis.
  • Osteoarthritis is the most common condition in elderly women because the old women develop pores in the bone marrow and joints.
  • Physical therapy also helps in eradicating this problem to some extent.
  • Assessing the footwear and correcting malalignment if any.
  • Checking heel-to-toe gait pattern.
  • Assessing single step climbing up and down on stairs.
  • Hand railing support during stair climbing.
  • Hinged cap can be helpful in controlling the load over joint.
  • Scooter and motorcycle should be avoided and self-start vehicle, especially car should be preferable.
  • A can or stick should be given.
  • European style toilet should be used for patients who have bilateral knee osteoarthritis.
  • Avoid stairs in community whenever lift or elevator is present.
  • Avoid full squat and full knee bending.
  • Knee flexion should be strictly limited to 90 degrees.
  • Allow some loss of range for flexion.
  • Extension must be regained to full by static quad ex.
  • Self-performance of exercise should be encouraged.
  • Energy conservation techniques should be emphasized, like resting between walking whenever the patient feels pain or increase in pain compared to resting pain.
  • The patient should stop and rest for 5 -10 minutes and if possible, patient should perform relaxed knee swinging and then start walking again.

Above were some tips to help people suffering from osteoarthritis. I hope this will help them in overcoming pain, stiffness, and discomfort to some extent.

Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is the chronic breakdown of cartilage.
Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is the chronic breakdown of cartilage.
A man suffering from osteoarthritis of both knees
A man suffering from osteoarthritis of both knees
Knee osteoarthritis
Knee osteoarthritis
Knee anatomy
Knee anatomy
Knee OA
Knee OA


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      ANa 6 years ago

      I am 31 yrs of age and I have lateral OA!!! this is a terrible pain and I hope I can find a doctor that is willing to help! I know very little and this is a great help and details you have my doctor didn't even give me!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @JTrempe and CuringChronicPain, thank you so much friends for providing more information on osteoarthritis and arthritis in general. I agree that identifying the root cause of any disease can help in providing best treatment to the patient.

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      CuringChronicPain 7 years ago

      As a medical specialist, I know that arthritis, even osteoarthritis, is not a natural condition of aging. Rather, "arthritis" is a name given to a group of specific symptoms. These symptoms include pain, swelling and limitation of motion in the joints. The name (arthritis) is not the cause of the symptoms, it is merely a label used to describe a group of symptoms. To actually heal the symptoms, you must identify the underlying cause of the symptoms and heal it. Sadly, many doctors are satisfied to name the symptoms, but stop short at identifying and curing the cause. I have written more about this in an article posted at

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      JTrempe 7 years ago from CA, USA

      As a physical therapist I would highly recommend strengthening exercises. Muscles work to reduce joint stress. If you don't know what exercises to do, see a physical therapist.

      ~JTrempe PT,ATC

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      Rajinder Soni 9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Charu it is very nice that you care for your uncle so much and there is no harm in utilizing information from web articles though I would advice you to please do all the steps or exercises after consulting your family doctor or your uncle's orthpedic doctor.

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      Charu Gupta 9 years ago

      One of my uncle is suffering from OA of both knees and I will give him the link to this article as it is very informative and useful for patients sufferring from this chronic disease.

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      Rajinder Soni 9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Debby for encouraging me by praising this hub, and I with the need of finding out a homeopath who could take care of the patient's problems and provide a better solution of the condition to a deep level.

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      Debby Bruck 9 years ago

      Dear Soni ~ very interesting information that appears to tell sufferers ways to relieve a bit of the pain of this condition and care that should be taken to prevent further injury. In addition, I recommend searching out a homeopath that could listen to the particulars of the sufferer and perhaps find a matching energetic pattern to select a remedy that takes care of the condition on a deep level. Good luck.