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Osteoarthritis & Knee Pain

Severe OAAt some stage in our lives we will suffer from knee pain, whether from overuse, having incurred an injury or through a degenerative condition such as Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Knee pain itself is a very generic term and the nature of the condition will ultimately dictate the type of treatment required to help you return to your chosen activity.

What is osteoarthritis of the knee?

Osteoarthritis of the knee is the gradual breakdown of cartilage within the knee joint which is the cushioning material connected to the bone which helps to absorb impact etc. Without cartilage there is bone on bone contact which creates friction during movement and thus pain when in motion.

Due to the nature of the knee joint the cartilage will continue to degrade and there will be more and more bone on bone contact as a result, meaning the condition will gradually progress and a patient's mobility will be affected further.

What are the symptoms?

As with any condition the sooner you are diagnosed the sooner your treatment can begin, especially with degenerative conditions such as OA as early management can help to delay the need for more surgery.

Early symptoms typically involve pain and discomfort to the joint following an activity such as walking or running. In serious cases you may even here a clicking noise.

Ultimately pain is the most debilitating aspect of the condition as it can affect your overall mobility, making even the simplest of activities more difficult such as walking to the shops or even moving freely around the house.

Where can I get more information?

If you are unsure as to whether you are suffering from OA then you should seek a professional diagnosis in the first instance and visit your doctor.

There are a number of sources of information online. Arthritis Research UK are a charity specialising in the research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis.

For more information on the treatment options available to you visit our Osteoarthritis Solutions section.