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walking and swimming useful for knee healthWalking or swimming is more beneficial than high-impact sports like running or tennis.

As we age we start developing various conditions. Arthritis can said to be one of them. We all know how arthritis could be painful. According to American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the pain associated with arthritis may develop gradually or it could be sudden too. In these circumstances joint could become still and swollen which results in difficulty in bending or straightening the knee. People with arthritis must be aware that the pain and swelling worsens during morning or when a person has no activity around. Likewise pain may increase due to activities like walking, kneeling or stair climbing. Thus the pain may provide a feeling of weakness in knee which results in “locking” or “buckling”. Various people have reported to surgeons that due to change in weather also increases the pain from arthritis.

Arthritis drug treatment

Various drugs have been found useful for treating arthritis of the knee. But treating patients could be a herculean task as every patient has a different body structure and they may respond differently to medications as well. However, when you report to your orthopedic surgeon they will be able to help you in developing a special program with respect to your specific condition.

Some of the anti-inflammatory medications for arthritis include acetaminophen or ibuprofen or aspirin which may be helpful in reducing swelling in the joint. Moreover, you also come across different pain relievers like Tylenol also which can be had without any need for prescription and they may turn out to be very effective in controlling pain. Some other pain reliever include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID with brands like Advil, Motrin and Aleve which are available in over-the-counter and prescription forms als.

Side effects

Before taking any medicine you must be aware that every drug has some side effects also which may also include simple analgesics. However, with the passage of time your body can also build up a tolerance also which reduces the effects of pain reliever. However, before taking any medication you should discuss this issue with your orthopaedist also. Did you know when taking NSAIDs it can cause side effects like issue in kidney and functioning of the liver and reduced ability of blood to clot?

New Study reveals too much or too little physical activity may aggravate knee problem

According to a new study revealed in the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, in Chicago recently it was suggested that middle-aged adults who intend to protect their knee health should avoid intense exercise like high-impact exercise or too little physical activity. For example, playing tennis and running can deteriorate knee cartilage and sitting on the couch for longer period can also trigger knee pain.  The study was taken on 45 to 60 years of individuals.

The study revealed walking or swimming is more beneficial than high-impact sports like running or tennis.

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