is the most common location of osteoarthritis
. Osteoarthritis is the wearing down of the joint
, by degeneration
of the articular cartilage
with age. Osteoarthritis of the knee is favored by obesity
and can localize in the joint between the femur and the tibia, but also between the femur and the patella (kneecap). The main symptom
of osteoarthritis is pain
during movements involving the knee, then comes stiffness, with difficulty mobilizing the joint, and the deformity of the knee in advanced stages. Osteoarthritis is detected with an X-ray
of the knee. The treatment is mainly for pain with painkillers or anti-inflammatories. Injections are also possible and, as a last resort, a prosthesis can replace the affected joint.
Published by Jeff
Latest update on December 11, 2013 at 03:38 AM by Jeff.