My Knees are Talking to Me? Am I alright!

You are feeling pain or are unable to walk as you were doing earlier, then your knees are telling you something! Hear them out! If your age is 40 or above that, then you should take notice of all the small things that are happening to your knee. This is the very age when arthritis sets in.   Some of the common things you can notice are: You have excruciating pain when you are exerting You are unable to take up the stairs, they seem a huge work You are not able to sit cross-legged, the knees pain a lot You need a lot of effort to get up from the floor You are not able to take pleasure in the morning and evening walks You feel pain while standing or sitting for a long time Your knees show signs of swelling even after a small activity You can hear the clicking sounds of your knees when are moving You feel pain when you touch around the knees You are not able to lift your knees in the morning, they seem stiff to move You feel the same stiffness after you rest for an hour or so   If you are observing any of these, it is the right time to make yourself get checked with the physician! The sooner you are seen by the physician, the earlier you will recover and will be able to get everything right.

Childbirth The number of complete deliveries of a woman increases the likelihood of developing either the hip or knee arthritis. During pregnancy, females gain around 10 to 16 kg of weight, causing additional pressure on the joints. During pregnancy, posture is also compromised, which puts uneven pressure on knee joints for a long time.

Estrogen Hormones play an important role in osteoarthritis. There is a steep rise in osteoarthritis in women who have achieved menopause. Women who already have OA of the knee can have worsening of the symptoms during this time. Decline in the production of female hormone estrogen increases the risk of arthritis.

Testosterone Alternatively, a testosterone deficiency may put women at risk for osteoarthritis. Hormone testosterone helps in muscle building and men have stronger leg muscles than women. Strong muscles better support the knee joint and helps in reducing the risk of osteoarthritis.