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Knee Osteoarthritis - Causes - Diagnosis - Symptoms - Treatment

Osteoarthritis (OA) in the knees can cause pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. Learn about knee osteoarthritis causes, diagnosis, symptoms, pain relief, and treatment.
  1. Knee Pain Information
  2. Osteoarthritis Basics
  3. Osteoarthritis Diagnosis
  4. Osteoarthritis Symptoms
  5. Osteoarthritis Treatment

What Is Tricompartmental Osteoarthritis?
There are three compartments of the knee joint. When all three are affected by osteoarthritis, it's called tricompartmental osteoarthritis.

Knee Osteoarthritis - What You Need to Know
Knee osteoarthritis is the most common type of osteoarthritis. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential.

Knee Gives Out - Is It Osteoarthritis?
Knee problems can be associated with the joint popping, locking, or giving out. When the knee gives out, could it be osteoarthritis?

Knee Pain Treatment for Osteoarthritis - Knee Pain Treatment
Many options exist for knee pain treatment. It may take several attempts to find what knee pain treatment works best for you. Know your options for knee pain treatment.

Test Your Knowledge - Knee Osteoarthritis
Your knees ache. It's happening more often. Could it be osteoarthritis? Do you know the basic facts about knee osteoarthritis? Take the quiz: Test Your Knowledge - Knee Osteoarthritis

Six Criteria Used to Diagnose Knee Osteoarthritis
Six criteria diagnose knee osteoarthritis accurately. The criteria include three signs and three symptoms that, when present, diagnose knee osteoarthritis 99% of the time.

What Is the Patellofemoral Joint?
The patellofemoral joint is one of the three compartments of the knee. What bones form the patellofemoral joint?

What Is MAKOplasty?
Not all arthritis patients are candidates for partial knee or hip replacement. Why do surgeons feel uncomfortable with the unicompartmental procedure? MAKOplasty may offer more precise and consistent results for unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. What is MAKOplasty?

22 Recommendations for Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis
Treatment recommendations for knee osteoarthritis have been issued by the AAOS (American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons). The guidelines focus on treatments for knee osteoarthritis that are less invasive than knee replacement surgery.

Footwear Can Impact Knee Osteoarthritis
Footwear can directly impact knee osteoarthritis by affecting the load or stress put on your knee joint. A shoe has even been designed that mimics walking barefoot -- and that has been compared to conventional footwear. What footwear is best and worst for osteoarthritis?

What Is Varus or Valgus Knee Deformity?
Varus or valgus knee deformity affect the alignment of the knee and the distribution of stress on the knee joint. Varus or valgus knee deformities can affect the progression of knee osteoarthritis.

What Is an Unloader Knee Brace?
An unloader knee brace can help relieve pain and symptoms associated with unicompartmental knee osteoarthritis -- osteoarthritis that is primarily located in the medial or lateral aspect of the knee. An unloader brace does exactly what it's name suggests -- it unloads stress from the affected knee.

Is Kneeling Possible After Knee Replacement?
The kneeling position is essential to many daily living activities and in certain occupations. Kneeling is also an intermediate position used by older adults as they get up from the floor.

Baker's Cyst Not Uncommon with Osteoarthritis
A Baker's cyst is a fluid-filled sac located behind the knee. A Baker's cyst can swell, shrink or even rupture. Learn what you should be doing to treat a Baker's cyst.

Total Knee Replacement - What You Need to Know
Total knee replacement is a surgical option to treat knee pain caused by arthritis. If pain cannot be controlled by conservative measures and it is very difficult to perform usual daily activities, you may be a candidate for total knee replacement.

External Fixation Brace Can Delay Need for Knee Replacement
An external fixation brace for the knee can be used for joint distraction and to delay the need for knee replacement surgery. Wearing an external fixation brace for two months provides pain relief and improved physical function.

Why Patients Delay or Decline Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement surgery is often delayed by patients who can't wrap their mind around the procedure itself and the rehab that follows. A study from Kent State University looked at initial reasons why knee replacement surgery is put off.

Cane Use Cuts Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis Progression
Cane use can help reduce the risk of knee osteoarthritis progression, according to researchers. Knees are the most common joint affected by osteoarthritis. Using a cane takes stress off of the knee. By reducing the risk of knee osteoarthritis progression, it also helps prevent disability.

Knee Taping for Osteoarthritis
Knee taping is among the recommended treatment options to relieve pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.

Insoles May Ease Knee Pain
Special insoles can help reduce pain associated with medial component (inner) knee osteoarthritis. The insoles, known as lateral-wedge insoles, lessen pain by changing the biomechanics of the knee.

Step-by-Step: The Cause of Knee Pain
A step-by-step look at knee pain caused by arthritis.

Knee Pain
Knee pain usually results from overuse, poor form during physical activity, not warming up or cooling down, or inadequate stretching. Simple causes of knee pain often clear up on their own with self care. Knee pain can be caused by bursitis, tendinitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout, or other connective tissue disorders like lupus.

Knee Arthritis
Information about knee arthritis and available treatments.

Doxycycline May Slow Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis
Study results suggest that treatment with the antibiotic doxycycline may slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis.

Risedronate May Slow Joint Destruction in Knee Osteoarthritis
Risedronate, brand name Actonel, a medication typically utilized to combat the effects of osteoporosis, may slow joint destruction and delay the need for joint replacement surgery in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment: Glucosamine or Tylenol?
Knee osteoarthritis patients want the most effective treatment in terms of pain relief and improved function.

Smoking Impacts Knee Osteoarthritis
Men who have osteoarthritis of the knee and smoke have greater cartilage loss and more severe pain than men who do not smoke.

Walking Barefoot or Shoes - Which May Negatively Impact Knee OA?
Would you expect walking barefoot or wearing normal footwear (e.g. walking shoes) to decrease what researchers refer to as "dynamic knee loading"?

FAQ: Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Several factors may increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee, from AAOS.

Meniscal Tears and Osteoarthritis
Researchers are studying the risk of devloping knee osteoarthritis among patients who undergo surgery to repair meniscal tears.

Knee Replacement - Working After Knee Replacement
If you had knee replacement surgery, that means you had time off from work too. What got you back to work as soon as possible after knee replacement?

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