What is Osteoarthritis of the Knee?

As you may already know, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a ‘degenerative’ or progressive joint disease in which the cartilage in the knee joint gradually breaks down, causing the surfaces of the bones to rub against each other. As a result, osteoarthritis may cause pain, inflammation, and increasing loss of mobility. However, it is treatable and it is important to be proactive in order to reduce or eliminate your pain.

Osteoarthritis (OA) usually affects adults over 45 and is thought to result from a combination of wear and tear on the joint, lifestyle and genetics. Your risk for developing OA is influenced by many factors, like your age, gender and inherited traits affecting the shape and stability of your knee.

Other factors that may contribute to OA:

  • Repetitive knee strain
  • Improper joint alignment
  • Weight
  • Exercise or sport-related stress
  • Previous knee injury

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