What are the SYMPTOMS?
The primary symptoms of knee pain can be sharp, localized pain or general knee achiness, especially with activity, like climbing stairs or squatting, or even changes in the weather.
Who is at risk?
Frequent knee pain affects approximately 25% of adults, limits function and mobility, and impairs quality of life with osteoarthritis as the most common cause of knee pain in people 50 years or older. Among those with knee osteoarthritis, knee pain is a major reason for knee replacements.
The main risk factors for knee pain are age, obesity or previous injury. The most common form of knee pain in people over 50 is osteoarthritis, often referred to as degenerative or “bone on bone”. Over time, wear and tear can cause pain, stiffness, and inflammation in the knees.
What are the treatments?
Historically, there has been a huge chasm, often spanning many decades, between initial diagnosis with pain management (often with NSAIDS or opioids) and eventual Total Knee Replacement (TKR). In fact the number of TKRs has since increased 870%. This chasm was the impetus for Bridge Integrative Medicine.