What You Need to Know About Knee Osteoarthritis

Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis

Symptoms seen with osteoarthritis of the knee can range from stiffness and mild pain that comes and goes with activities like walking, bending, getting in and out of chairs, or stooping to severe joint pain that keeps on even when you rest or try to sleep. Sometimes the condition causes your knees to feel stiff when you haven't moved them in a while (for example, when you have been riding in a car), but the stiffness goes away when you move the joint. In time, knee osteoarthritis can also cause problems with moving the joints. It can also sometimes cause disability.
(Click Osteoarthritis Symptoms for more information.)

How Is It Diagnosed?

There is no one specific test that can be used to diagnose knee osteoarthritis. Therefore, in order to make a diagnosis, the healthcare provider will ask a number of questions and may recommend certain tests. These tests can include x-rays or blood tests.
(Click Diagnosing Osteoarthritis for more information.)

Treating Knee Osteoarthritis

While there is no cure for osteoarthritis in the knee, there are treatments that can ease pain and improve function.
Some specific treatments include:
Doctors often combine treatments to fit a person's needs, lifestyle, and health.
(Click Living With Osteoarthritis or Diet for Osteoarthritis to learn more about managing this condition.)
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