Osteoarthritis, characterized by pain and swelling in the joints, is the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. This change can be seen through the use of an X-ray. Blood tests and tests of the synovial fluid in the joint can indicate the onset of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a crippling condition, preventing the usual activities of walking, exercise and often resting without pain. The construction of an individualized exercise program featuring muscle strengthening, balance and flexibility can do much to improve function in this condition, and should be incorporated into the treatment…