Knee Osteoarthritis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Jul 8, 2019

Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that affects the knee joint, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. The symptoms of knee OA can vary from person to person but commonly include:

  • Joint pain, especially when bearing weight or bending the knee
  • Swelling and inflammation around the knee joint
  • Stiffness, making it difficult to fully bend or straighten the knee
  • A grinding sensation or clicking sound when moving the knee
  • Weakness and muscle atrophy around the knee

Causes of Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis can occur due to various factors, including:

  • Age: As we age, the cartilage in our joints naturally starts to wear away, increasing the risk of developing knee OA.
  • Obesity: Excess weight puts additional pressure on the knee joints, accelerating the degeneration of cartilage.
  • Previous joint injuries: Past knee injuries, such as ligament tears or fractures, can contribute to the development of knee OA.
  • Genetics: Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to developing knee osteoarthritis.
  • Occupational factors: Jobs that involve repetitive stress on the knee joints, such as kneeling or squatting, can increase the risk of knee OA.

Treatment Options

At Regency Square Care Center, we specialize in providing comprehensive, high-quality geriatric and aging care services, including the management and treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs. Treatment options for knee OA may include:

  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce pain and inflammation in the knee joint. Other medications, such as corticosteroid injections, may also be recommended for symptom relief.
  • Physical therapy: Our skilled physical therapists will guide you through exercises and stretches to improve knee strength, flexibility, and overall joint function.
  • Assistive devices: We may recommend the use of assistive devices, such as knee braces, crutches, or canes, to reduce pressure on the knee and provide support during daily activities.
  • Lifestyle modifications: Our team will provide guidance on lifestyle changes, including weight management and incorporating low-impact exercises, to help reduce stress on the knee joints.
  • Surgical interventions: In severe cases of knee OA, surgery may be considered. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons specialize in various surgical procedures, such as knee arthroscopy or joint replacement, to improve mobility and reduce pain.

About Regency Square Care Center

Regency Square Care Center is a trusted provider of geriatric and aging care services. We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals affected by knee osteoarthritis and other conditions associated with aging. Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals who collaborate to deliver personalized care and support. With a focus on compassionate, patient-centered care, we strive to optimize functional independence and promote overall well-being.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one is seeking high-quality care for knee osteoarthritis, please contact Regency Square Care Center today. Our team is ready to assist you and provide the support you need.

Michael Miller
Very informative! 👍 This article covers all the essential info about knee osteoarthritis.
Oct 8, 2023