Knees Arthritis: Symptoms and Treatment

Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which typically develops in middle-aged people. It can be caused by overuse or injury to the joint, but it may also occur for no known reason at all. Pain and stiffness are usually experienced in these cases due to swelling or inflammation of the joint lining. Knee arthritis causes pain around the kneecap, which worsens when bending your knee and gets better with rest. Other symptoms include restricted movement, decreased activity level, depression, fatigue, and weight loss. Learn more here.

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Symptoms can be mild or severe. The pain is usually located in the front of your knee -- just below where the thigh bone meets the shinbone (called the tibial tubercle). There may also be swelling around this area accompanied by a grating sensation when you move your leg. Sometimes cracking sounds are heard during movement as well. Most people with arthritis have difficulty climbing up or downstairs because it requires kneeling on both knees simultaneously; others find that they cannot kneel at all without great discomfort. Also, if you sit for hours each day while working at a desk job, constant sitting places stress on your joints, making arthritis worse over time. Learn more about Knee Arthritis: Facts & Prevention.