If you are suffering from knee pain, it is important to have it checked, because it could be the sign of an injury or knee arthritis. Arthritic knee pain can be debilitating if it progresses without treatment. However, early detection makes it possible to effectively treat the problem, but it all starts with knowing what are the common symptoms of arthritis in the knee.
Symptoms of arthritis in the knee
Pain in the knee joint is a common symptom of knee arthritis. The pain may start out slightly, and then gradually become more severe. For some people, the pain only occurs when they are climbing stairs or sitting, while for others, the pain is a constant factor that affects them when they walk.
Arthritic knee pain can be due to the loss of cartilage at the end of the bones in the knee joint. Arthritis that is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, is known as osteoarthritis.
Cartilage is a spongy material that provides protection for the bones, and allows the joint to move easily. However, it wears over time, and this can cause the bones to rub together. It also limits range of movement, and can impact the alignment of the joint, which can result in knee deformities.
Knee arthritis is often accompanied by chronic inflammation, which can be due to fluid retention. The swelling may be more pronounced in the morning or during times of inactivity. Other symptoms include tenderness, locking of the knee joint, and an occasional popping sound.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of arthritis, contact orthopedic surgeon Frank McCormick, MD, of the LESS Institute, South Florida. The LESS Institute has offices in Miami, Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Orlando, and Doral. Call (866)956-3837 today, and schedule an appointment with Dr. McCormick.