Knee osteoarthritis is one of the common types of arthritis with the knee being the most commonly affected joint. Osteoarthritis of the knee is quite common and women are comparatively more likely to be affected by OA of the knee than men. There are several factors that can lead to or cause osteoarthritis of the knee including, age (50 and above), injury, etc. Knee pain is the most common symptom of knee OA. Following are some more common symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee:
- Stiffness in the affected joint(s)
- Pain at touch
- Joint deformities
- Cracking or grinding sounds
- Swollen knees
Often symptoms of osteoarthritis develop slowly and increase gradually, worsening over time.
Key warning signs of Knee Osteoarthritis:
This type of arthritis is also known as wear and tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease. Some of the most common joints affected by OA include knees, hips, and hands. Following are some of the key warning signs of knee osteoarthritis:
1. Joint stiffness:
Stiffness in the affected joint(s) is one of the common symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. OA-related joint stiffness can happen when sitting for prolonged periods of time or getting up from the bed in the morning. Moreover, limited joint range of motion and loss of flexibility are also two common symptoms of knee osteoarthritis.
2. Pain in one or more joints:
Arthritis-related pain is usually a dull and aching type of pain. However, there are various conditions that might result in an increase in pain. These might include:
- Pain after activity
- Pain that gets worse at night
- Warmth can be felt on the affected joint.
3. Pain after activity:
You might experience pain after activity that might reduce after rest, however, if this pain keeps coming back after activity, you would want to see your doctor.
4. Pain that gets worse at night:
Discomfort at night is a common complaint by people affected by the arthritis of the knee. Pain and other symptoms (stiffness, etc.) associated with the disease may get worse at night.
When to seek medical attention?
Knee osteoarthritis gradually may start getting worse with time. In case of OA-related symptoms like swelling, hot at the touch, or pain in the joint consult a doctor. Osteoarthritis knee exercises can strengthen the muscles, helping the person to stay active. If your pain disrupts your day-to-day activities, you can’t get a proper good night’s sleep, it is time for you to go see your doctor.
In case of increased pain, book your appointment with KKT Orthopedic Consultants in Lahore, Karachi, and centers located in other metropolitan cities across Pakistan.