Symptoms of Knee Arthritis
April 21st, 2017 by LOC Team
Three types of arthritis can affect the knee: osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is possible to have more than one of these types of arthritis in your knee, although it is more common to only have one. Although each of these types of arthritis is different, they have similar symptoms, and these are what we’re going to talk about today. The information below might be able to help you find out the reason to the pain in your knee. However, it is vital that you get your knee looked at by professional who can confirm your suspicions before you begin any treatment. Failing to do so may result in more damage being done to your knee and a far longer recovery time.
Four symptoms of knee arthritis
Pain – A pain that stems from arthritis typically starts off gradually and develops over time. You might notice a pain in the mornings at first or after you have been inactive for some time. As the condition progresses, the pain may be noticeable when you climb stairs or during damp and cold weather. If you have a pain in your knee that wakes you up during the night, this can be a sign of osteoarthritis.
Weakness – If you do have arthritis in your knee, you might start noticing that your knee gives way or buckles every so often. This is because the muscles in your knee are weakening. It is likely that as the muscles get weaker, so will the entire joint structure. You might also notice some cracking sounds or a grinding sensation. This sensation occurs when you have lost the cartilage within the joint that makes it smooth.
Inflammation – Arthritis in the knee can result in inflammation once in a while. There are also other causes of inflammation in the knee like extra fluid and bone spurs. Just like the pain above, you may notice that this swelling is more pronounce after a resting period or when you first wake up in the morning. A good indication of swelling around the knee is redness of the skin on the knee or a warm feeling.
Loss of motion – As arthritis becomes more pronounce within your knee, you may notice that it gets harder to bend it. The gliding motion that you once had in your knee may begin to become more staggered. You might find simple movements difficult to do, and this can affect your everyday life. You’ll likely notice this loss of motion when climbing stairs or when trying to play sports.
If you’ve read any of our other articles about conditions that affect the knee; I am sure you can see some similar symptoms to other conditions here. This is why it is so important to get your knee checked by your GP before you start any treatment. They can examine your knee and look into your medical history to ensure that you are getting the best possible treatment for the condition that is affecting your knee.
If you think that you may have arthritis in your knee and would like our help diagnosing it and treating it then please get in touch. We are always more than happy to help relieve the pain from conditions like arthritis.