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Identifying the signs of osteoarthritis of the knee

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition which can progress slowly in the early stages, meaning the symptoms shown can be gradual. The condition is typically experienced in one knee initially but due to the nature of the condition will typically progress to affect both knees.

Osteoarthritis of the knee is the gradual degradation of cartilage within the knee joint leading to bone on bone contact which can be extremely painful and debilitating.

Identifying the signs of OA at an early stage can help in effectively managing the condition and allowing you to remain active for longer. If you believe you are suffering from OA then it is advisable to speak with your doctor in order to discuss treatment options.

Pain & Discomfort

Pain and discomfort is a common complaint amongst sufferers, whether there is pain when moving and inflammation of the knee following an activity or simply stiffness in the joints following periods of inactivity.

In some instances you may also hear a clicking or creaking noise in the joint or a grating when moving your knee.

Reduced Mobility

Following the onset of the condition the pain and discomfort experienced can impact on your daily routine and being able to remain active. Pain and inflammation of the joint can force you to reduce your levels of mobility whilst difficulty in bending your knee can make simple tasks like getting in and out of a chair difficult, let alone sports.

Lack of Sleep

Knee pain in osteoarthritis is not just limited to when you are mobile and can actually keep you awake at night which can be extremely uncomfortable and frustrating.

Identifying the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee is the first stage, allowing you to then look at treatment options and slowing down the degradation of the knee cartilage. Speak with your doctor if you are concerned about knee pain so that you can discuss the different treatment options available.

 

Signs of OA