Will my knee pain get worse?

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There are identifiable risk factors which may predict who has worsening knee arthritis.  If you are

  • male,
  • obese,
  • feel worse pain in your knee (your opinion), or
  • have worse looking knee xrays (my opinion)

your knee pain is more likely to get worse.

If you have many joints that hurt, misalignment of the knee or are sedentary you are less at risk for worsening knee pain than those with the risk factors above.

So, your doctor may

  1.  take an xray to assess how the bones and joint look
  2. suggest exercise to help mobilize the knee and
  3. suggest weight loss (as those with body mass index over 30 have 1 ½ times the likelihood of worsening knee pain versus those at a healthy weight, meaning BMI less than 25).

Take home points:  Lose weight and stay mobile!

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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