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Arthritis In
The Knee...  

Arthritis in the knee can strike people of all ages, from infants to the elderly, for a variety of reasons…

It can become Septic Arthritis and can damage your bones and cartilage...

This condition is classed as an emergency situation as it can also lead to septic shock; which can be fatal…

Septic arthritis can develop if you are exposed to a bacterial agent

 Signs And Symptoms
Of Septic Arthritis…

Septic arthritis in the knee may be present if there is:

  • Severe pain…
  • Swelling…
  • Redness…
  • Heat…

These are all of the most obvious symptoms of septic arthritis but rheumatoid can present almost identically to this but...

  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Decreased Appetite
  • High Fever/ Chills (low grade fever with rheumatoid...)
  • Fatigue (comes with fever…)

Will also be present with sepsis; otherwise known as infection…

Timeliness is key with this type of arthritis in the knee; these things need to be done right away...

  • Immobilization – that is the part you can do. Get all of your weight off your knee! This kind of knee joint pain is not anything to mess about with!
  • Drainage – which must be done by a physician…
  • Anti-microbial therapy administered by a drip line. There will be a hospital stay involved for this one…

It is usually an orthopaedic surgeon or rheumatologist that you would see for this condition, but in some cases a disease specialist may be necessary if the condition is not resolving in due time with the appropriate treatment...

Notice the inflamed synovial membrane. This is caused by an error made by the auto-immune system.



Arthritis In The Knee

When It Is A Rheumatoid Condition...

This type of arthritis commonly settles itself in weight bearing joints like the knee…

With Rheumatoid comes:

  • Redness...
  • Heat...
  • Swelling of the knee joint...
  • Stiffness especially in the morning for more than an hour…

Depending on how far the disease has progressed you may also find...

  • Instability…
  • Fluid On The Knee…
  • Thinning Muscles Around The Knee…
  • Restricted movement...

A rheumatoid condition can be difficult to track in the beginning because with this type of  arthritis in the knee is an auto-immune disease...

Auto immune disease can be behind several types of joint pain..

The body is mistakenly attacking its own synovial lining…

So if you are noticing flare-ups, take notice of any patterns and please see a physician to get tested for rheumatoid arthritis…

If a physician is unavailable, the best thing you can do to preserve your knee until you can be seen is to:

  • Applying a cool gel pack MAY give you some temporary comfort, but since the root of the problem does not lie in the joint itself, it will only be able to give minimal comfort should the autoimmune system kick off with a host of chemical combos that cause pain …
  • Therapeutic grade essential oils (not the ones found at the pharmacist or chemist) can be helpful to provide comfort: mint, spearmint, peppermint, lavender, lemon...
  • You may wish to take over the counter pain medicines – careful of codeine which is addictive…
  • Moving your knee joint is necessary, but the type of movement is important when you have arthritis in the knee – cycling and swimming are some of the best because it is non weight bearing movement that you want to aim for…

The above list is a few things you can do until you see a physician, but even if you are managing the pain, I recommend that you see a doctor anyway because you want to make sure that it is rheumatoid you are dealing with and not an infection…


There could be both rheumatoid and an infection going on and you would not know it until a sample of fluid is taken and tested…

The key to dealing with any disease state successfully is to know what it is you are dealing with first…

When your condition involves arthritis in knee;  because the knee is a major weight bearing joint in the body…

The pain can be so intense that it can alter rational behavior, and you may feel that you are willing to take anything that would offer even half a chance of relief for this type of knee joint pain

BUT...I will urge you not to do that…

One reason is due to some reading I came across recently regarding FSK or Fengshikang…

Unless you absolutely know your source is reliable and your doctor's credentials are reputable be cautious of using this...

Yes, there have been some studies that have shown that FSK combined with glucocorticoid can control an inflammatory reaction:

“Conclusion: FSK combined with glucocorticoid can effectively control the inflammatory reaction, decrease the level of hGRalpha and hGRbeta expressions and enhance the clinical efficacy in treating RA. Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 2010 Dec;30(12):1261-4. “

College of Chinese Medicine, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515.

Caution!: In Canada a product claiming to contain FSK also contained: Diclofenac, Piroxicam and Prednisone. These are prescription drugs that were not declared on the product label.

Side effects associated with Piroxicam and Diclofenac include:

  • Changes in blood pressure...
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (with or without bleeding)...
  • Anaemia...
  • Kidney failure...
  • Reduced clotting ability...

Side effects associated with Prednisone include...

  • Irregular heartbeat,
  • Increased blood pressure,
  • Stomach ulcer, blood disorders,
  • Skin, muscle and bone damage, and nervous system disorders. Prednisone may cause symptoms of withdrawal. Being on a medicine that contains Prednisone without knowing it can cause problems in addition to the athritis in the knee...

Osteoarthritis Due
To Over-Use...

When we are talking about osteoarthritis we are looking at cartilage and other soft tissues that have been destroyed due to overuse from unresolved, repetitive injury over time…This type of arthritis in the knee can occur from playing sport or repetitive motion in a physically demanding job...

In terms of things you can do for yourself, your aim will be to take action in the direction of reducing inflammation and giving support to your knee...

  • Rest…
  • Ice...
  • Compression with a quality sports tape...
  • Elevation
  • Regular sessions with a chiropractor, athletic trainer or physio...

This is called maintenance care and it will:

  • Keep you from getting osteophytes from bone on bone pressure – are also known as bone spurs…
  • Chiropractic theory says it will increase the range of motion of the joint, thereby keeping the joint better lubricated with the secretion of synovial fluid...

You can also refer to the knee pain relief page for more information...

Once osteophytes develop due to the destruction of the cartilage, there will be continual pain unless there is surgical intervention. Even then, with this type of arthritis in the knee, they can develop again if wear and tear is persistent and bones lacking in soft tissue have been rubbed against each other under the stress of your body weight again…

After that, the only alternative is total knee replacement

In Osteoarthritis you will also find that...

  • Prolonged misalignment wears the cartilaginous tissue in joints down.
  • Instability in the knee
  • Baker's cyst from irritated bursa…

Pain from a Bakers cyst will need more advanced imaging such as MRI to be confirmed…

There are glucosamine and joint chondroitin supplements that have helped many get some relief from osteoarthritis, but it is not well researched…

Just as many people say that particular supplementation does not work…

My stance on it is that the type of supplement you use and basically how you are put together, genes and all, will make a difference as to whether it will work for you or not…


My other recommendation for treating arthritis in the knee is to have a look at the Eat Right For Your Type books by Dr. Peter D'Adamo. They are translated into over fifty languages now last I counted...

You may be eating a food on regular basis that is best for your blood type to avoid…

Dr. D'Adamo has written and commented on a couple of case studies in his books where a person was eating a food that was literally crippling them to the point of being bed ridden and having a case of harmful food lectins mistaken for an arthritic condition…

  • Arthritis of any kind is a large project, it requires a plan of action and discipline to carry it out, as well as teamwork from your practitioners and other people around you…

Arthritis in the knee or anywhere it shows up in the body can be life altering, requiring a lot of your time and energy. I am not able to give you specific answers on these web pages because every one of us is so different in how we encounter and express disease…

I do know that the more well read and informed you stay the better off you are going to be all around, but please do not try herbs or drugs that could cause more problems due to the possibility of them being impure bootleg substances…

It is important to find a practitioner you trust, this can be a:

  • Chiropractor - some chiros specialize in arthritic conditions and pain management...
  • Rheumatologist...
  • Your GP...

They should be able to offer you bespoke guidance in all aspects of your recovery...

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Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”