Knee arthritis, or specifically osteoarthritis, is a joint condition in which gradual deterioration of the joint occurs as the result of accumulated wear over time, a traumatic event, the normal consequence of aging, or another cause.
Signs, symptoms and x-ray findings of knee arthritis
Symptoms usually include pain and stiffness of the joint. The pain usually is not located in one specific part of the knee but instead throughout the knee. You might have difficulty walking, climbing the stairs, squatting or doing your desired sports or exercise.
X-ray findings include generalized articular cartilage damage or breakdown, bone spurs, and joint space narrowing. While an MRI can show damage to the articular cartilage, x-rays are often more helpful for determining the extent of a patient’s arthritis and often make MRI unnecessary.
Treatments for knee arthritis
Treatments aim to relieve your symptoms, as there is no easy or reliable way to restore normal articular cartilage and reverse the effects of the joint deterioration. Activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, viscosupplementation (hyaluronic acid injections), PRP, weight loss, braces, and walking with assistive devices are all possible treatments. Partial or total joint replacement surgery can be performed when osteoarthritis is severe and the patient cannot perform activities of daily living without pain.
Discover The Solution To Your Biggest Knee Injury Challenge Even If You Have No Medical Knowledge and You’ve Looked Everywhere and Haven’t Been Able To Find an Answer!
Click here to learn more!
Recommended Products and Resources
Click here to go to Dr. David Geier’s Amazon Influencer store!
Due to a large number of questions I have received over the years asking about products for health, injuries, performance, and other areas of sports, exercise, work and life, I have created an Amazon Influencer page. While this information and these products are not intended to treat any specific injury or illness you have, they are products I use personally, have used or have tried, or I have recommended to others. THE SITE MAY OFFER HEALTH, FITNESS, NUTRITIONAL AND OTHER SUCH INFORMATION, BUT SUCH INFORMATION IS DESIGNED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THE CONTENT DOES NOT AND IS NOT INTENDED TO CONVEY MEDICAL ADVICE AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON THIS INFORMATION AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, NOR DOES IT REPLACE, PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT. THE SITE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACTIONS OR INACTION ON A USER’S PART BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT IS PRESENTED ON THE SITE. Please note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.