Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee Osteoarthritis or ‘degenerative joint disease’ is the gradual wearing away of the smooth articular cartilage that lines the surface of the joints.

If the cartilage wears to expose the underlying bone then friction irritates the joint and it becomes inflamed and painful.

Clinically diagnosed osteoarthritis exists in around 10% of males and 18% of females over the age of 60 years, with knees and hips being among those most commonly affected.

Symptoms

The following symptoms are associated with knee osteoarthritis:

  • Pain and stiffness which is worse in the morning or after sitting.
  • The knee joint may feel warm, with redness and visible swelling.
  • The joint may feel unstable when standing or walking.
  • The muscles above and below the knee joint may feel tight and achy.

Treatment

Knee osteoarthritis is irreversible, however the effects can be managed well by reducing the amount of inflammation in the joint and by keeping the surrounding muscles relaxed.

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