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What is osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee?
OA of the knee is a disease in which the knee joint gradually
deteriorates in the following ways:
Cartilage at ends of bones that form knee joint begins to wear
Thick fluid, called synovial (sin-OH-vee-ul) fluid, that surrounds
the knee joint becomes thinner and loses its ability to cushion and lubricate the joint
What are the common symptons of OA of the knee?
Symptions of OA of the knee typically include one or more of the
What can cause OA of the knee?
The most common causes of OA of the knee include:
Wear and tear on joint over many years
Injury to your joint (either old or recent)
Excessive weight (based on your height, body frame, and other
Genetic factors (a history of OA in your family)
Gender (affects females [65%] more than males [35%])
How is OA of the knee generally treated?
There are numberous ways to treat OA of the knee, depending on the severity of the disease when you doctor first
Over-the-counter medications for pain
Topical pain medications
Prescription medications for pain
Assistive devices such as canes or braces
Heat or cold application
Cortisone (steriod) injections
Alternative treatments such as acupuncture and a complete
change in your diet.
knee-replacement surgery or partial knee-replacement surgery.