Arthritis in the Knee

Arthritis is a disease which affects joints of our body causing pain, stiffness and inflammation. Arthritis is of various types and the one affecting the knee joints is called osteoarthritis. This disease affects the mobility of a person adversely.

Arthritis is a disease which affects joints of our body causing pain, stiffness and inflammation. Arthritis is of various types and the one affecting the knee joints is called osteoarthritis. This disease affects the mobility of a person adversely. Patient feels pain in walking, running, jumping, climbing, kneeling and carrying out other daily activities. The disease affects the cartilage protecting the bones at the joint area. It is a gel like substance that allows smooth movement of bones but when it gets damaged, bones start to rub each other causing severe pain.

Science does not provide a complete treatment to this disease. Patient is generally given pain killing medicines but it does not cure the disease. Alternative treatment however provides a complete cure through therapies involving oil massages, herbal medication, vegetarian diet and Yoga. The duration of the therapy depends on the situation of the patient. There are different stages of this disease: first is where pain is rare and mild and popping sound can be heard sometime while kneeling or sitting down. If the disease is caught here i.e. the initial stage person can be treated in no time. It only requires regular Yoga exercises, change in a diet and some herbal medicines that can heal the damaged cartilage.

Second stage is where pain becomes moderate and can be felt while lifting heavy objects, climbing stairs, running and jumping. Here the cartilage situation deteriorates and bones starts to weaken. It requires therapies to heal the cartilage, reduce the pain and to make bones stronger. A regular oil massage, some Yoga asanas, herbal medication along with a right diet helps in treating the patient.

Third stage is where it is almost impossible for a person to move because of severe recurring pain. Here the cartilage has been damaged severely and bones rubbing each other are causing the pain. Here the patient is treated in Ayurvedic centers under experts as the treatment requires all time observation. Any type of movement is not prohibited so that cartilage can be healed, meanwhile herbal medicines are given to relieve the patient from the pain and also to make the bones stronger. Regular oil massages (2-3 times a day) using herbal oils are carried out so that stiffness and inflammation in the joint area can be reduced.

Ligament injury or fracture that can also damage cartilage and joint area leading to knee arthritis. Injuries takes more time to heal special a fracture in a bone, only then the treatment of the disease can be carried out.

People who are at risk of having this disease are old age people and overweight people. However, if precaution is taken from the start and a healthy lifestyle is maintained than one can avoid this disease. A regular Yoga is a must to keep blood flow and bones stronger. Also exercise makes you sweat removing the unwanted material from the body. A vegetarian or healthy diet that provides the right amount of nutrient like protein, vitamin, carbohydrates to your body is a must and one should strictly avoid eating junk or fast food.