Arthritis of the Knee
By Dr. Phillip Bell, Orthopedic Surgeon
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis of the knee is inflammation inside the joint capsule and can occur in any joint in the body. The knee is one of the most common joints to develop arthritis. There are many types of arthritis, but the two most prevalent are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis or RA. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are many treatment options that can reduce the symptoms and improve quality of life.
Symptoms of Arthritis
- Joint Stiffness
- Joint pain that fluctuates
- Difficulty with walking, squatting, and/or stair climbing
- Knee feeling locked in place
- Buckling of the Knee
Other Risk Factors for Arthritis
There are other known risk factors for developing arthritis. Here are other risk factors:
- Previous Injuries to the joint in question
- Abnormalities in bone shape
- Stress to the joint
- Increased Body Weight
- Cortisone Injection
- Supervised Physical Therapy
- Compression sleeve/brace
In general if you are experiencing limitations with strength and range of motion that is causing difficulty with daily
activities, here are a few exercise that you can begin to help regain range of motions, flexibility, and strength.
By: Dr. Bell, Orthopedic Joint Surgeon and JOI Rehab Nocatee Clinicians.