Common Symptoms of Arthritis in the Knees

Arthritis in the knee is quite common, and plenty of people have it but don’t know much about it. Osteoarthritis of the knee is more prevalent among older adults, but it can also occur in young people. The condition can also develop due to an injury, infection, or being overweight.

Osteoarthritis is also known as wear-and-tear arthritis. The condition occurs when natural cushioning in between the joints known as cartilage starts to wear away. This results in bones rubbing against each other without the benefit of cartilage which acts as a shock absorber. When this happens, common symptoms include pain, stiffness, and swelling. Arthritis can also result in a decreased ability to move the joint and a formation of bone spurs.

There are more than 27 million people living with osteoarthritis in the U.S., and the chances of developing it rise after the age of 45. The knee is one of the most common areas of that body that people develop arthritis in. Women are also more likely to develop osteoarthritis than men.

While age is the most common cause of osteoarthritis, other causes include:

  • Weight
  • Gender
  • Heredity
  • Athletics
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Other illnesses

There are several symptoms associated with osteoarthritis of the knee, including:

  • Pain – Often increases when you are active and feels a bit better with rest
  • Swelling
  • A warm feeling in the joint
  • Stiffness – More common in the morning or after sitting for an extended period of time
  • Decreased mobility – Often makes it difficult to walk, use stairs, or get in and out of chairs or vehicles
  • Noise – A creaky, crackly sound when you move your knee

Osteoarthritis can be diagnosed by your doctor through a physical exam. Certain pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs can help, as can weight loss, exercise, wearing a brace, and other therapies. To schedule an appointment with The Knee Institute, call 248-804-7226.