OA knee flareups - pain and swelling. Is the joint deteriorating?
I've had osteoarthritis in various joints for many years. Occasionally, my left knee flares up and becomes extremely painful and swollen. With rest, ibuprofen gel and painkillers it gradually settles back down again to just grumbling when I walk or go up and down stairs. This flareup happened on Sunday again, but this time the pain was really severe and I didn't sleep very well as the pain continued, even when I wasn't moving around. My knee is still a little swollen today, although the worst of the pain has gone. The joint does feel as though it's on the point of giving way, though. These flareups do seem to be getting more frequent.
Are these types of flareups, with pain even at rest, a sign that the joint is gradually deteriorating? Is there anything else I could do to improve the situation? I've got a knee support on today and it does feel more stable now.