WHAT IS KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS?
Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as age-related arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is a deteriorating disease that affects the joints in your body. It can occur in any of your body’s joints, including the knees, hips, shoulders, and wrists. Knee osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that surrounds the bones in the knee joint is worn down. As a result, the bones in the joint begin rubbing together, causing inflammation and pain. Commonly seen in older patients, this disease tends to develop as you age and worsens over time. Knee osteoarthritis can cause knee pain that may range from dull, achy, sharp, or even debilitating, depending on the location and severity of the condition.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS?
- Sore knee after overuse or inactivity
- Knee stiffness after resting or in the morning
- Pain when moving your knee
- Pain when climbing stairs or getting up from a chair
- Knee pain that prevents you from exercising your leg
- Grating or catching sensation when moving your knee
- Knee pain that feels worse in the evening after a day’s activity
- Deterioration of coordination due to knee pain and stiffness
- Weakened thigh muscles