Osteo Arthritis of the knees is the natural form of arthritis that is brought about by the wear and tear of the knee joint cartilage.
The knee joint relies on the cushioning property of the cartilage for its normal functioning. When this cartilage wears away, it leads to a situation where the bones of the joint directly scrape each other leading to pain and inflammation.

Reasons
Age is one big factor while considering OA of the knees in general. As the years pass by, the ability of one’s cartilage to heal diminishes. For some people, besides age, it can be a hereditary reason too. It can also occur due to excess body weight. Women above the age of 55 are likely to develop the condition, more than age in the same age group.

Repetitive injuries
A lot of activities, sports and jobs involve situations that may place a lot of stress on the knees. Weight lifting, running on hard surfaces, playing tennis, soccer and long-distance running really put the knees to the test and hence, participants must always take precautions to avoid damage, long term.
Sufferers of Rheumatoid arthritis are also prone to develop osteoarthritis.

Signs

  • Stiffness of the knee
  • Joint pain while engaging in activities
  • A feeling of warmth in the knee
  • Treatment

Treatments for OA
Treatments vary from exercises to strengthen the knee joint to surgery. Weight loss is also an effective treatment for knee pain relief as it lessens the load. Pain relieving drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids and hyaluronic acid are also used for treatment in the form of injections.
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Dr Na'eem Sadiq is a respected stem cell specialist at Plexus, and a prominent neurologist in Bangalore. He studied neurology and clinical neurophysiology in London, and worked with some of the most prestigious medical institutions in England, and the Middle East. He completed his MBBS at Bellary Government Medical College, and a postgraduate degree in psychiatry from NIMHANS in Bangalore.

Dr Na'eem has perfected his knowledge and expertise in Continuing medical education (CME), and training in tissue culture, Stem Cell Therapy, and neurology. Dr Na'eem Sadiq possesses an undying passion to improve people’s lives. This led to the creation of Plexus, a neuro and Stem Cell Research centre in Bangalore in neurosurgery, and neurorehabilitation.