What Can I do About My Knee Pain?

Friday, 18 Oct 2013 04:18 PM

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Question: I have pain in my knees when I stand up after sitting. I’m only 47. What could be causing this and what can I do about it?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Pain in large joints when standing up is usually due to degenerative changes from osteoarthritis, which can occur in younger people who have had an injury. This type of pain usually goes away with movement within 30 minutes or so.
 
Any joint discomfort that either persists or seems to be worsening should be evaluated by your doctor. If your symptoms have recently started, your doctor may suggest some preventive strategies to prevent further damage to your knees.
 
Pain in joints is our body's way of telling us something is wrong. Do not ignore this alarm. Perhaps you overdo your workouts or have gained too much weight. It could also be the pain is your body's response to some infection or immune system problem that requires further evaluation and investigation.
 
You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, temporarily, but you should see your doctor for a longer-term solution, based on an analysis of what is causing your pain. Even if your pain is from ligament or bone injury or damage, you won't be doing yourself any favors by self-treating it without professional guidance. Delaying appropriate care can make things worse.

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