As people age, their body functions decline. The knee, as an important part of the body, is one of the main concerns.
Most middle-aged and elderly people with knee problems will feel weakness in their legs and feet, especially when the temperature drops suddenly or when they take the stairs. However, if there is frequent knee pain, it is likely to be caused by some disease factor and the appropriate cause must be identified as soon as possible so that the symptoms can be better treated.
The following are some of the common knee problems in older adults and their causes:
(1) Fractures and Misalignments
Many traumatic injuries can cause fractures or misalignment of bones, which are more common in daily life. The knee joint is an important weight-bearing and movable joint in the human body, and it is easily damaged by external forces. A mild injury is caused by bone fracture, and in severe cases, it may cause comminuted fracture, joint misalignment, ligament tear, etc.
Osteoarthritis may develop if there is a degenerative disease in the knee. Degenerative osteoarthritis, which commonly occurs in middle-aged and elderly people, is triggered by many factors such as aging, obesity, strain, trauma, congenital abnormalities of the joints, and joint deformities.
This disease can be improved by taking some anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving drugs under the guidance of a doctor to reduce the pain, and also by partial massage. Of course, the most important thing is to seek timely medical attention.
(3) Autoimmune diseases
Rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis can cause knee joint lesions, mainly as inflammatory lesions of synovial tissue, followed by the destruction of cartilage and arthropathy, sometimes with joint deformity and abnormal functional impairment.
(4) Infectious diseases
For example, septic arthritis and joint tuberculosis are common. Infectious lesions may result in arthrosis, cartilage destruction, joint stiffness, adhesions, and finally loss of limb function.
When the knee is injured or has other problems, it is necessary to strengthen the protection of the knee. People often choose electric assist chairs for their elderly parents with knee pain to help them rest and watch TV better.
Severe knee pain will affect your normal life. In this case, you’d better go to the hospital as soon as possible for a corresponding examination, and then timely symptomatic treatment. In daily life, taking care of your knees can help prevent the occurrence of the above conditions.