Osteoarthritis of the knee, or “wear and tear” deterioration in the knee joint, is a leading cause of knee pain. As a mobile and load-bearing joint, the knee is susceptible to trauma throughout life.
- Osteoarthritis (OA) occurs as a result of cartilage inside the joint breaking down, leading to pain and stiffness
- There is a higher incidence in people over 45 years old
- Exercise is still considered one of the best ways to manage osteoarthritis.
Inflammatory diseases and infections can accelerate joint damage, and genetic and lifestyle factors also play a role. The biomechanical changes that occur as a result of cartilage loss add to loss of joint function and increasing pain. These changes may affect one or both knees to varying degrees.
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