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Rheumatoid arthritis in the knee is an inflammatory disorder of the sensorial fluid in the joint that damages bone and cartilage. It is a self-attacking-self disease in which the body’s immune symptom improperly identifies the synovial membranes that secrete the lubricating fluid in the joints as being a foreign substance. Often the surfaces of the bones are destroyed as well as the synovial sac in the knee, restricting move

ment and causing pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis in the knee is caused by the wearing down of bone and cartilage in the joints due to inflammatory processes. The body replaces damaged tissue with scar tissue, which causes the normal spaces within the joints the knee to become narrow and bones to fuse together. The result is that the bone can grate painfully against the cartilage when the joint is moved.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis In The Knee

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in the knee include an inability to walk, soreness, and swelling of the knee. Pain in the knee is constant and maybe worse in damp weather. The knee may also make a grating or clicking sound when the person moves it, due to the lack of “grease” in the actual joint.

People with rheumatoid arthritis may also suffer from occasional pain or fever.

During the earlier stages of the condition, people who have rheumatoid arthritis in the knee joint may have pain or stiffness that lasts an hour or longer after they wake up. Often there is swelling in the soft tissue around both sides of the knee and the condition may worsen in humid or wet weather.

Rheumatoid arthritis in the knee is caused by the wearing down of bone and cartilage in the joints due to inflammatory processes. The body replaces damaged tissue with scar tissue, which causes the normal spaces within the joints the knee to become narrow and bones to fuse together.  

This type of arthritis can worsen progressively or remain the same for years before progressing to a condition that disables the sufferer to the extent that they end up in a wheelchair.

Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Knee

The goal of managing the progression and pain of this disease is to limit inflammation and that may entail reducing the amount of sugar and fat you eat as well as an avoidance of dairy products, alcohol, and tobacco.

Hot baths and showers, taken as soon as you get up,  may help relive the morning stiffness associated with this type of arthritis in the knee. 

The true cause of the disorder is not known and dealing with it is usually a matter of just coping with the pain and limited mobility caused by the condition. This is a condition that most people will have to live with, as there is no immediate cure for it, bt you may be able to slow down its progression.

If you are managing an illness like rheumatoid arthritis and attempting to make lifestyle and diet changes that may prevent the condition from getting worse, we can help you find your personal focus to optimize your health. Services provided here at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare center include naturopathic testing, dietary counseling, homeopathy, herbal remedies, and intravenous infusion therapy. You can find out more about us on our website, call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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