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01.31.18|Posted by Ascenti Team

Osteoarthritis of the knee

Osteoarthritis of the knee is a long-term condition causing the cartilage in the knee to gradually wear away. This is a normal part of the ageing process known as degeneration.

For many people, the degeneration processes causes no problems, but for others it can result in the knee joint becoming painful and stiff. 

Symptoms 

If you have osteoarthritis of the knee you may experience: 

  • Pain in your knee joint 
  • Swelling around your knee 
  • Difficulty walking and moving around 
  • Stiffness that is often worse in the morning 
  • The feeling of grinding when bending or kneeling 
  • Muscle weakness around the knee

Causes

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK and can affect any joint in the body. 
Factors that may increase your chances of experiencing osteoarthritis in the knee include: 

  • Age – if you are over 40 
  • Being overweight or obese – find out if you are a healthy weight
  • Family history of osteoarthritis 
  • Previous injury to the knee joint 
  • Repetitive impact on your knee joint – such as running 
  • Biomechanics – how your body functions as a whole and distributes weight 

Treatment with us 

Step by step we can help you to feel better. 

Your physiotherapist will discuss a treatment plan with you, which is likely to include: 

  • Wearing a knee support 
  • Exercise therapy 
  • Resting and avoiding irritation to the knee 
  • Heat and ice to relieve pain and swelling – 20 minutes every hour 
  • Biomechanics and orthotics 
  • Lifestyle advice 
  • In some cases referral for Ostenil injections

More about treatment with us.

Get in touch

Call our central booking line on - 0330 678 0850