The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: itsmedarling on October 22, 2014, 07:45:26 PM

Title: IIs this osteoarithis kicking in
Post by: itsmedarling on October 22, 2014, 07:45:26 PM
I am 27
being working at concrete jobs all my youth, involved standing long hours and running around site on hard concrete. but was never physically active in terms of sport. quite tall and skinny and ate very unhealthy when young.
my knees starting to get pain at inside of knee, progressing to whole knee and feel pain behind knee cap. pain is manageable but constant.
Also slight pain in thigh, told have very weak quads. and the muscle to left of knee cap pretty much non existent. both knees identical in symptoms

if this is the start of osteoarthritis?, is there anything that can be done to reverse it or best type scan to assess mri vs dexa scan etc
any comments, experiences or advice for the future would be greatly appreciated
Thank you  :)
Title: Re: IIs this osteoarithis kicking in
Post by: Vickster on October 22, 2014, 09:04:51 PM
Firstly you should see a knee specialist, who can recommend what imaging is needed and what treatment might be required based on the diagnosis

No one can tell you if you have arthritis without a thorough examination plus imaging potentially

Weak leg muscles can cause all sorts of issues even if the bones are ok.

See an orthopaedic specialist and take it from there.   A focused physiotherapy programme will probably be involved somewhere in the treatment plan

Good luck :)
Title: Re: IIs this osteoarithis kicking in
Post by: RLE on October 23, 2014, 03:50:19 AM
I agree completely with Vickster but I'd like to add that I was a dancer in my younger years and continued to take dance as exercise plus walked an hour a day yet never had muscular legs. It turned out that because of the structure of my knees (shallow grooves, high kneecaps, kneecaps sitting laterally etc) I never would have developed strong muscles. It took until I went to physical therapy and had specific exercises to strengthen my legs and wake up the muscles so if possible I'd add finding a really good physical therapist to the list. Oops, I just reread Vickster's post and she mentions PT also. I'm always about to post some wise advice then I see she's gotten there first.  ;)
Good luck!
Title: Re: IIs this osteoarithis kicking in
Post by: LAS on October 23, 2014, 04:27:44 AM
HI:   You really do have to get an examined by an orthopedic surgeon.   I can say that an MRI is probably the most accurate test for what you have going on in your knees.  Most likely that is the test that will be ordered for you with x-rays.  The dexa scan if for measuring  bone density.  It can detect osteoporosis and how fast it is progressing.  It could be ordered in addition to the MRI.  The symptoms you have described can be osteoarthritis along with a lot of other injuries like meniscus tears, damage to articular cartilage, chondromalacia especially with the type of work you do and it being in both knees.   Osteoarthritis cannot be reversed.  You can slow it down by lifestyle changes such  as proper exercise probably physical therapy, job changes, some say good diet and supplements help.  Depending on the results of an MRI, sometimes surgery.   Again the first step is getting examined.  You will be advised from there.   Good LucK, LAS