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ABOUT KNEE PAIN DUE TO OSTEOARTHRITIS
Pain is the most common symptom of knee osteoarthritis (OA).
In knee OA, the cartilage within the joint begins to break down and the underlying bone begins to change slowly and can get worse over time. In some cases, this causes reduced function and disability, and people can no longer do their normal daily activities or work.
Symptoms of knee OA may include:
Pain or aching during or after movement or while sitting
Stiffness, particularly when you first get up or after sitting for a long time
Swelling or puffiness
Loss of flexibility, you may lose the ability to bend and straighten you knee all the way
You may hear crackling noises or feel a grating sensations when you move your knee
Your knee may feel wobbly, as if it could “give out"
Your knee might lock up or feel as if it is stuck
LOOKING FOR NEW HOPE FOR YOUR KNEE PAIN?
THERE IS NO CURE FOR OA
Many patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) report suffering from symptoms that impact their daily lives including:
Difficulties in doing routine daily activities
Reduced work capacity
Lack of mobility (not being able to walk far, play sport or interact with family)
Feeling sad or angry
If you feel that current medications or strategies are not sufficient for your chronic knee pain, and are considering other ways to manage your OA, you may wish to participate in the HOPE4OA trial.
Currently there is no cure for osteoarthritis (OA).
Your doctor will advise you on ways to manage and treat your symptoms, which may include non-surgical or surgical options. Regular exercise, healthy eating, special devices, and pain management can help to treat symptoms.
LIVING WITH KOA
‘It feels like bone on bone. If I go for a walk, my leg is painful. If I’m in the garden, I can’t get down to the weeds, because my knee is swollen, so it won’t bend. It’s just really difficult.’
Watch Vivien's story
HOW IS KNEE PAIN DUE TO OSTEOARTHRITIS DIAGNOSED?
There is not one specific test for diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA). Your doctor will diagnose or rule out OA based on your symptoms and a physical exam. This physical exam may include checks to see:
If your knee is red or sore
If your knee is swollen or puffy
How much you can move your knee
How stable your joint is
Pain from weight on the knee
The way you walk or gait problems
If there's a sign you injured your knee
You doctor may use an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help with the diagnosis..
Dr Philip Bloom explains KOA diagnosis
Osteoarthritis of the knee is not just an isolated pain in the knee. It has a trickle-down effect on the rest of your life. Specialist Sports Physician, Dr Philip Bloom, discusses your options.
Dr Philip Bloom lists your options with KOA
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