Knee pain is a common ailment. Individuals of all ages suffer from or have suffered from knee pain at some point in time. The knee is a complex and important joint comprising bone, cartilage and ligaments with muscles and tendons aiding its movement. Knee pain can occur if any of these structures become diseased or damaged. If the damage is serious, then this can have a negative impact on one’s life, thwarting one’s day to day activities or hobbies.
Symptoms & Signs
Knee pain symptoms should not be ignored and medical care should be sought especially if it has been there for a long period of time. In fact, if one faces severe pain after three days of resting the knee it would be advisable to seek medical care from a licensed professional.
Some symptoms may include:
- Patient not being able to place weight on impacted leg
- Patient has swelling and redness of the knee or on the calf beneath the affected knee
- Patient can’t bend or straighten the knee
- Patient’s knee painfully locks or clicks when bending or sitting.
Osteoarthritis and the Knee
Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage lining the knee joint to deteriorate and wear away. Consequently, the bones don’t slide over each other smoothly and results in the joint surface where two bones meet to become damaged and diseases. This leads to pain around the joint and limitations on mobility. Other signs and symptoms may include:
- Unusual growths from the joint edges (called osteophytes)
- Worn cartilage
- Thickened and contracted ligaments
- Excess swelling and fluid
Signs You May Need Knee Replacement
Knee replacement surgery may be considered an effective treatment option for some osteoarthritis patients. To understand this option and what it involves one can browse through the knee replacement surgery section on the website or find a surgeon near their home to get their queries resolved. Osteoarthritis patients that are considering knee replacement surgery may have had their knee pain worsen to the point where it limits their daily activities, causes sleeplessness and/or doesn’t respond to any alternative treatments options.