Orthopaedics Q&A: Osteoarthritis of the knee

Orthopaedics expert, Dr VV Prasad answers readers’ questions on bone health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Monday.
This week’s answers:

1. I feel pain in my knees when to sit at toilet and when to standup.My age is 63 years.I do go for morning walk and do walk about 3 to 4 kms.During my walk I have no problem.
My wife 58 years. She feels pain inside the knee some times very serious.Please suggest the remedy.
Raj
Your complaints look like you both are suffering from osteoarthritis of your knee joints. You can consult an orthopaedic surgeon and take some medicines with physiotherapy which may help you.

2. my daughter is 29. she works in an mnc and of late complaining of back pain. pl suggest any course of treatment.
sumathy
Please try out spinal flexion and extension exercises for a week. if your pain is not settling please consult a doctor in person.

3. i have low back pain for last 1 year. im doing exercises and feeling better nw. but in the last few weeks, i have started getting neck pain also. are these 2 related?
partha
They are not related directly. Please do neck exercises and even then if your pain persists consult a doctor.

4. One of my cousin, 41, have developed sudden pain(while walking only) in her left ankle with inflammation near ankle joints, January this year(10 Months back). Many tests have been done but root cause was not known. She find the difficult to walk even for house hold job. Many rheumatologists, Physiologist, Orthopedic and others have been referred but pain is not relieved. Pl suggests what may be cause, or whom to refer for the further treatment?
Sachin
Most probably she must be having inflammation of the ankle joint. plz do some blood tests for tuberculosis. rarely it may be the cause. if blood tests [ PCR ] are negative then mail back to us.

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