Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Joint Replacement – Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis of the knee is the result of wearing down the cartilage and synovial membranes inside of the knee joint. In some cases, bone spurs in the knee can form inside the joint causing pain. Osteoarthritis can be caused by overuse, heredity, and injuries to the knee joint, or excess weight.

Symptoms

  • Aching pain deep in joint
  • Inflammation of joint
  • Stiffness in the joint
  • Crunching or grinding sound

Treatment

  • Rest and ice
  • Braces
  • Anti-inflammatory medication when necessary
  • Arthroscopic surgery to remove damaged cartilage
  • Knee replacement surgery