Osteoarthritis of the Knee

If you have ever suffered a knee injury, you know just how painful such a small area can be. Imagine if you were to experience that pain every day? Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common condition that can cause severe daily pain. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent and mange this chronic pain condition.

What is osteoarthritis of the knee?
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a degenerative condition that occurs when the cartilage in the knee joint wears away. This wearing away of the protective cartilage causes the bones (femur and tibia) to rub together, causing pain, swelling, stiffness and lack of movement in the joint.

Osteoarthritis of the knee can be caused by a number of factors including:
•    Age (general wear and tear on your joints)
•    Family history
•    Weight (carrying extra weight places pressure on your joints and has a similar effect to age)
•    Gender (women are more likely to suffer from arthritis than men)
•    Repetitive stress injuries to the knee
•    Illness
•    Athletics
•    Previous injuries or surgery to the knee that have an impact on the joint and/or the cartilage

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The symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee can occur gradually depending on the cause. Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
•    A gradually increase in knee pain
•    Swelling or tenderness in the knee after exercise
•    Buckling or locking of the knee joint, especially when walking
•    Cracking or popping sounds on movement
•    Poor range of motion
•    Loss of joint space within the knee
•    Deformities of the knee


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