(light rock music intro) Welcome back to The Art of Medicine. The diagnosis of osteoarthritis depends on careful analysis of your condition. Let’s take a look at the common symptoms and how we evaluate your pain. Symptoms for osteoarthritis are three. Pain, swelling and stiffness.
They can all either be present at the same time or you can see each one individually in different degrees. The pain can either be because of particles flaking off and irritating the lining of the joint or increased pressure within the bone. Similarly, the stiffness can be because of fluid inside the joint or it can just be.
Because of increased pressure in the bone because of not having as much cushion there. Osteoarthritis is nothing more than wearing away that gristle on the end of the bone and instead of having seven to 10 millimeters of tread, you may have three to four millimeters of tread. And the swelling can either be because of fluid, which is an irritation to the lining of the joint,.
Or it can be just because of thickening of the lining of the joint, both of which will cause limited motion. The common symptoms with osteoarthritis are more functional. They’re difficulty with walking, ascending or descending stairs, particularly descending stairs where you put.
More force across the kneecap area, kneeling, bending, squatting, where again you’re loading and compressing the joint at its extreme, and driving often times where you have to hold that knee in one particular spot. The symptoms of osteoarthritis often times are made worse any time the knee is held in one position or compressed in one position.
For an extended period of time. All of these decrease the amount of motion across the knee and decrease the amount of lubrication. On physical exam for osteoarthritis we’re really trying to evaluate the nature of the pain, swelling and stiffness. We are looking for several specific findings. We’re looking to see where you’re pain is located, if your knee is swollen,.
We test to see if your knee is stiff and if you have weakness or atrophy. The exam consists of trying to localize this discomfort, identify any laxity, and identify any mechanical symptoms, any palpable catching, clicking or locking that may be present. An xray is the most common study that we use in helping us diagnose.
Is It Okay To Crack Your Knuckles
(knuckles cracking) If you’re like most folks, someone in your life has probably told you at one point, cracking your knuckles will mess up your hands. forever. How can something that feels so right be wrong? Is cracking your knuckles actually bad for your health?.
When you crack your knuckles, you’re not actually cracking anything. Between your joints, there’s an egg whitelike substance called synovial fluid. Gross, I know. One of the things it does is help reduce friction when your joints move.
By acting as a lubricant. Scientists used to think that the cracking sound was the result of bubbles popping in the synovial fluid. But this year, s were able to record this tutorial of a knuckle cracking for the first time. They found that the crack you hear is actually the sound of a cavity forming.
Nothing is being broken or damaged except maybe your loved one’s tolerance for you. A study published in 2011 tracked 215 adults ages 5980 for five years and found no link between cracking your knuckles and the onset of arthritis. And this guy over here, Donald Unger, took it upon himself to crack the knuckles.
Only in his left hand for 60 years. He found that the knuckle cracking hasn’t made any significant difference between his hands. We can all learn something from Unger, something called dedication. So fear not intrepid youths! Based on the science, cracking your knuckles is probably fine.
Ooh, ooh yeah! Ooh, that’s the stuff! (electronic chiming).