The health of our knees is really important. That is why if you notice a cracking in your knees you should visit your doctor because that can be a sign of developing some chronic symptoms or osteoarthritis.
According to the studies, the older people that are hearing cracks, clicking sounds or maybe sneezes in the area of their knee joints have a bigger risk for developing osteoarthritis than the ones who lack these symptoms.
Osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease or arthrosis) represents a common type of arthritis.
This type has an impact on the joints of our hands, knees, spine and hips. This condition occurs with the destroying of the protective cartilage at the end of the bones, which then causes the bones to scratch each other, resulting in pain and stiffness in our knee joint.
The symptoms that we may have to include periodic swelling, loss of flexibility, excess heat and swelling of the knee joints and their deformation, which may further cause disability. Usually people older than 60 show changes in their X-rays, but only a few of them have these symptoms.
If you start hearing sounds then you have a probability of these chronic symptoms, say the researches are done on around 3,500 people in their middle and old age.
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11% of the people who reported having loud knees, started having the symptoms of arthritis for a period of one year, while only 4,5% of the ones that never heard a sound of clicking. In the middle, or 8% were the ones that sometimes or often heard the sounds, who also developed the symptoms for a period of one year.
How to improve the health of your knees?
The best thing is if you discover it early in order to slow down the process. It is important to have a healthy body weight by doing some physical activity and also proper nutrition.
According to the researches, our knees are feeling every pound of our body. That is why it is recommended to do some weight lifting in order to lower the pain in the joints and strengthen the knee cartilage.
With this condition, you may also feel pain while walking, climbing the stairs or even driving your car. That is why it is essential to take care of your weight and avoid doing painful activities, instead try walking or maybe swimming. It is important not to exaggerate and do some exercises for muscle strengthening.
Avoid making pressure on the joints and lifting heavy loads. If you have inflammation and fell pain, you can use some anti-inflammatory medications.