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Forum Name: Degenerative Bone Diseases

Question: Stiffnes, aching, swollen knee


 musicmanimal - Sun May 24, 2009 1:05 am

I am a 55y/o, been in excellent shape all my life, physically and mentally. I eat well and drink a lot of water...Over the past year I have noticed that if I sleep with my knees on top of each other (on my side, most preferred) I awake with serious pains in my knees. My mattress by the way is very good. Now most recently my left knee has been swollen, stiff, cant bend. The top and sides are tender and the back as well.. I don't lift weights...I am a performing Musician prone to moving as an athelete (pivoting, etc..)
Thank you
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:20 am

User avatar Hello,
This may be nothing more than mild osteoarthritis in the knees.

Sleeping with a pillow between the knees will decrease the pressure on them and ease the pressure on the spine.

Acetaminophen and moist heat before bed may help as well as a general exercise program - walking or swimming 3-4 days a week.

If needed, see a physician who can evaluate the spine and knees more thoroughly.

Take care.

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