In case of knee pain, consult a doctor at the earliest!

Over 14 million people in India are afflicted with knee osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis. To mark the occasion of `World Bone and Joint week`, orthopedic consultants in the capital are trying to reiterate various ways to deal with this problem.

Dr. Rakesh Mahajan, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at BLK Super Speciality Hospital says, `Nowadays, many treatment options are available that can help the patients manage their knee pain conservatively with lesser side effects. A multi-modal approach is always emphasized for managing Osteoarthritis pain.

This approach principally talks about a combination of physiotherapy, exercise, drugs, weight management, viscosupplementation and change in lifestyle`.

For patients seeking a long-term answer to their knee pain, the latest offering is Viscosupplementation. This is now available as a one-shot option and provides long-term relief from pain.

As explained by Dr. Gurinder Bedi, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at Fortis Vasant Kunj `People with osteoarthritis have a lower concentration of synovial fluid inside the joint. The fluid acts as a shock absorber for joint loads and a lubricant that enables bones to move smoothly over each other. Viscosupplementation replenishes this synovial fluid. The procedure has been very beneficial for many of my patients as it helps them get back to routine activities and delays the progression of disease`.

Osteoarthritis, which was once considered as an old age disease, is now the biggest worry for young Indians buckling under the pressure of a fast-paced, sedentary life leading to obesity – a serious risk factor for developing knee osteoarthritis.

`To overcome their knee pain, patients generally resort to over-the-counter painkillers. Such pills only give temporary relief from pain and carry the hazards of significant side effect. By the time most patients reach the consultant, the disease is already in its advance stage and at such point, surgery is the only option,` says Dr. Anmol Maria, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Sanjeevani & Rockland Hospital.

Hence doctors around the capital aim at making people understand the importance of seeking doctor`s advice in case of knee pain, at the earliest.