February 2, 2023
Knee pain is common and there are a variety of causes. Arthritis is just one of many possible causes. If you are experiencing knee pain please seek a professional’s opinion before putting your knee at further risk.
Symptoms of Knee Arthritis:
Gradual Pain Increase
Your knees may hurt when you:
- sit down for long periods of time
- climb stairs
- stand up from a sitting position
- walk on a flat surface
If your knee pain wakes you up from sleep, you may be experiencing a symptom of OA.
Cold weather, stress, and overactivity can increase symptoms.
Swelling or tenderness
Inflammation and swelling are common symptoms for people experiencing arthritis of the knee.
With OA, swelling may be more noticeable after a long period of inactivity, like when you first wake up in the morning.
Joint swelling is common with RA is it is an inflammatory disease.
People with RA may also have other symptoms, such as:
- a general feeling of being unwell
The eyes, heart, and lungs can also be affected by RA.
Buckling & locking
Damage to the joint can cause the knee structure to become unstable over time. This can cause the knee to give way or buckle.
Cracking & popping
When you bend or straighten your knee, you may feel a grinding sensation or hear cracking or popping sounds. Doctors call this crepitus.
Both OA and RA can result in cartilage damage.
Poor range of motion
Cartilage helps with a smooth range of motion. The bone and cartilage changes that occur with OA of the knee or after a knee injury can make it hard for your knee joints to move smoothly.
Due to pain and swelling, people with RA may find it hard to bend and flex their knees or walk. Damage to the joint can also affect mobility.
Some of the effects arthritis has on the knee are subtle. Diagnostic tools, such as an X-ray, can help detect internal damage.
The appearance of the knee can change during a flare and as damage progresses.
Knee deformities range from barely noticeable to severe and debilitating.
Are you experiencing knee pain? If so, book an appointment with the talented doctors at Connected Whole Health!
✒️ Chief Editor: Dr. Bill Moreau | DC, DACBSP, FACSM | Chief Medical Officer