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Many people suffer from arthritis behind the kneecap, called patellofemoral osteoarthritis . This kind of arthritis causes knee pain when going up or down stairs. Patients also have pain after sitting with the knee bent, or when standing up after sitting. About 80 percent of adults with this condition are helped by nonsurgical treatment such as medication, special exercises, and avoiding painful activities. Other patients may get relief from a simple surgery called lateral retinacular release . With this procedure, the surgeon cuts the retinaculum . This is a dense, fibrous band of tissue along the outer edge of the kneecap. The arthritis doesn't go away with the release of the retinaculum. However, pain relief is reported by many people who have this surgery. Retinacular release can delay major surgery such as total knee replacement. Patients who are too young for joint replacement or too sick for major surgery may choose this easy operation for arthritis relief. Reference: Joseph Aderinto...
Definition Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, and sometimes painful veins that have filled with an abnormal collection of blood. See also: Varicose vein stripping Varicose vein - noninvasive treatment Venous insufficiency Alternative Names Varicosity; Varicosis Causes, incidence, and risk factors In normal veins, valves in the vein keep blood moving forward toward the heart. With varicose veins, the valves do not function properly, allowing blood to remain in the vein. Pooling of blood in a vein causes it to enlarge. This process usually occurs in the veins of the legs, although it may occur elsewhere. Varicose veins are common, affecting mostly women. Causes include: Defective valves from birth (congenitally defective valves) Pregnancy Thrombophlebitis Standing for a long time and having increased pressure in the abdomen may make you more likely to develop varicose veins, or may make the condition worse. Primary varicose veins occur because of congenitally defective valves, or without a known caus...
Varicose veins are enlarged veins, raised above the skin. They can be purple, blue, red or flesh colored and are usually found on the thighs, back of the calves or inside the leg. They occur when the valves in the vein are not working properly. These valves keep your blood flowing in one direction – toward the heart. When these valves don’t work properly, your blood can flow backwards, creating pools of blood in your veins, which causes your veins to swell and twist.
Varicose Veins Are Common
Varicose veins become more common as you get older. By the age of 50, one-half of people have varicose veins. Women are affected more often than men, with 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men developing this vein disease.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Are Not the Same
Spider veins are small areas of your veins where your blood pools. They are not raised and are called spider veins because of their appearance. They can appear on different areas of you...
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