Osteoarthritis of the knee often results in pain or aching. The knee may feel stiff particularly after periods of rest or first thing in the morning. The pain may be diffuse or it may be localized to a certain area. Depending on where the arthritis is, symptoms may be aggravated by certain activities such as using stairs or walking for prolonged periods of time.
(Almost) Normal Knee X-ray
Severe Knee Arthitis on X-Ray
Over a prolonged period of time, the knee may have become deformed such as bow-legged or knock-kneed or it may just appear swollen. The knee is often stiff and patients can feel creaking in the joints.Arthritis of the knee can usually be diagnosed by the doctor taking a simple history and examination of the patient, followed by basic x-rays.Depending on the symptoms and the patient, treatment is tailored to meet individual patient needs. This can include activity modification, pain killing tablets, key hole surgery, and joint replacement surgery.