What is osteoarthritis of the knee?
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a degenerative condition resulting in the gradual loss of cartilage within the knee joint. The loss of cartilage results in bone on bone contact which can be very painful and debilitating, with activities such as walking, running and cycling becoming increasingly difficult. Whilst all weight bearing activities can result in pain, patients can still undertake non weight bearing exercises such as swimming.
Mobility can be reduced amongst sufferers of osteoarthritis of the knee due to the amount of pain they encounter, whether during an activity or even through resting. Patients can also report inflammation of the knee joint which can further limit movement.
Unfortunately there is no cure for osteoarthritis of the knee, but there are both surgical and non-surgical options available to patients.
Surgical solutions include whether a partial or full knee replacement which are designed to last for around 15 years. Whilst a knee replacement will remove the condition it is not to be taken lightly as it can take up to six months post surgery before a patient is able to walk unaided following extensive physiotherapy.