Arthritis of the Knee

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Arthritis of the Knee

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints that can damage the cushiony tissue between your bones (cartilage). As more cartilage is damaged, you may begin experiencing pain whenever you try to use your knee.

Millions of Americans experience knee arthritis every year. Fortunately, advanced, long-lasting knee replacements can relieve pain while maintaining your ability to move.

Arthritis of the knee causes

Arthritis of the knee may be caused by:

  • Damage from a previous knee injury
  • Wear and tear on your knee (osteoarthritis)
  • Your immune system attacking your joints (rheumatoid arthritis)

Arthritis of the knee symptoms

When you have arthritis in your knee, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Creaking or grinding noises in the knee
  • Difficulty bending or straightening your knee
  • Knee pain
  • Knee swelling
  • Weakness in the knee

Arthritis of the knee treatment

There are a number of nonsurgical and surgical approaches to treat arthritis of the knee. These can include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medicines
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Total knee replacement

Arthritis of the knee risk factors

Risk factors for knee arthritis include:

  • Being female
  • Family history of arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Older age
  • Previous knee injury

Arthritis of the knee prevention

While you can’t prevent all arthritis, you can reduce your risk by:

  • Avoiding smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Staying physically active
  • Wearing protective gear and following safety guidelines at work and in sports

Make an appointment

Get relief from arthritis pain and get back to the activities you love. Make an appointment with a TriHealth sports medicine specialist by calling 513 246 7846.

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