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Knee arthritis / osteoarthritis

What is arthritis / osteoarthritis?

Arthritis, or degenerative osteoarthritis, of the knee is caused by long term wear and tear to the cartilage that naturally cushions the knee joint. This causes the bones in the joint to rub together and cause permanent damage.

In some cases, arthritis can also be triggered – or made worse – by a knee injury that damages a particular area – this is known as ‘traumatic osteoarthritis’ and can often happen as a result of sporting activities.

David’s double-level osteotomy story

“I’m pain free, walk the dog every morning and am able to chase my grandchildren round the park.”

What can increase my risk of knee arthritis?

Although knee arthritis can affect anyone, it’s more likely to develop if your parents or siblings have had the condition or if you’ve previously had an injury or operation on your knee. It’s also more likely to be a problem if you:

  • Have another joint disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout
  • Carry out heavy manual work such as farming
  • Are over 40
  • Are female
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Take part in sports such as running, athletics, football or rugby which result in long term wear and tear on the joints

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