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Osteoarthritis Knee Symptoms

What are the Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis?

Knee pain that won’t quit? It could be osteoarthritis (OA). Millions of people around the world experience knee pain, and one of the most common causes is osteoarthritis of the knee. Osteoarthritis, often called “wear-and-tear” arthritis, affects the cartilage in your knee joint, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. While the severity can vary, recognizing the symptoms early can help you manage the condition and improve your quality of life.

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Common Knee Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Osteoarthritis knee symptoms range from instability and weakness to swelling and inflammation. Symptoms often start gradually and progress with age, but they vary from person to person, and you may not experience all of them. It’s important to be aware of OA knee symptoms since early diagnosis and treatment can help manage symptoms, slow disease progression, and prevent complications.

Knee Crepitus

Crepitus is a grating, grinding, or popping sensation felt in the knee during movement. It sometimes is accompanied by an audible crackling sound caused by the damaged cartilage rubbing against each other. It can be particularly noticeable during bending or straightening the knee.

Knee Instability

Instability is a feeling of weakness or lack of support in the knee – like it might buckle or give way. It’s caused by weakened muscles and ligaments surrounding the joint due to decreased activity. It can make walking, stairs, and uneven surfaces challenging.

Knee Locking

The knee may feel as if it gets stuck in a bent or straight position, as if it “catches” or “locks,” preventing full extension. It’s caused by Inflamed tissues or loose cartilage fragments in the knee temporarily catching within the joint space. It may occur occasionally or frequently, causing a momentary halt in movement.

Knee Pain

Knee pain can range from mild discomfort to debilitating over time. Pain can occur anywhere around the knee, but it’s often felt on the inside, outside, or front of the joint. The pain can be sharp, dull, aching, or burning. It often worsens with activity, like walking, climbing stairs, or kneeling, and improves with rest.

Knee Stiffness

Knee stiffness is a common symptom of osteoarthritis. You may experience stiffness in the morning for at least 30 minutes or after prolonged sitting. As OA progresses, you may find it difficult to bend or straighten your knee fully and have a limited range of motion.

Knee Swelling

Osteoarthritis may cause mild to moderate swelling in the knee. The knee joint may appear rounded and puffy, especially around the kneecap or along the sides of the joint. Swelling may worsen after periods of activity and improve with rest or elevation.

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Early OA Knee Symptoms

Early osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee can be sneaky and subtle, often mimicking the aches and pains that come with everyday life. However, recognizing the early warning signs can help you get a jump on treatment and prevent the condition from worsening. Here are some key symptoms to watch out for:

  • Aching Pain
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Subtle Swelling
  • Occasional Clicks or Pops
  • Difficulty Bending Your Knee

Advanced OA Knee Symptoms

If the occasional twinge in your knee has morphed into a constant ache, you might be experiencing advanced osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee. Advanced osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage in your knee joint has worn away significantly, leading to bone-on-bone contact, severe pain, and limited mobility. Here are some key signs that your knee OA has progressed to a more advanced stage:

  • Constant, Sharp Pain
  • Crippling Stiffness
  • Frequent Clicking and Grinding Sounds
  • Muscle Weakness and Instability
  • Noticeable Swelling and Warmth
  • Significant Loss of Range of Motion

Osteoarthritis Knee Symptoms Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common symptoms of Osteoarthritis of the knee?
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Stiffness 
  • Knee Swelling
  • Crackling or Grinding Sensation
  • Loss of Range of Motion
What are some early warning signs of Osteoarthritis?

OA symptoms can develop gradually, so it’s important to be aware of the early warning signs:

  • Mild, occasional joint pain: This may come and go, and you might not associate it with OA at first.
  • Stiffness after periods of inactivity: Your joints might feel stiff after sitting for a long time or in the morning, but it improves with movement.
  • Slight swelling in the joint: This may be subtle and not noticeable at first.
When should I see a doctor for Osteoarthritis knee symptoms?

If you experience any of the OA symptoms, especially if they’re:

  • Severe or disruptive to your daily life
  • Getting worse over time
  • Accompanied by fever, chills, or weight loss
  • Causing significant pain or difficulty moving

Our Knee Pain Specialists

Whether your knee osteoarthritis stems from years of wear and tear or a sports injury, our team of knee pain specialists in New York and New Jersey provides personalized diagnoses, customized treatment plans, and access to innovative minimally invasive procedures, such as genicular artery embolization. We understand that osteoarthritis is more than just physical pain; it can impact your mobility and quality of life. You can find the following doctors at our locations.

Find Relief at Our Knee Pain Centers in NY & NJ

If you’re struggling with knee pain, you don’t have to suffer any longer. At American Knee Pain Centers, we specialize in treating osteoarthritis of the knee, the most common cause of knee pain. We understand how debilitating this condition can be, and we’re committed to helping you find relief. We accept most major insurance plans and offer flexible appointment scheduling for your convenience. Visit one of our affiliated knee pain centers in New York or New Jersey.

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