Aging and injured joints are commonly affected by inflammation that results when cartilage between the joint bones wear away, leading to a painful condition known as osteoarthritis (OA).
Symptoms of OA include varying levels of pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased mobility in simple activities such as walking, sitting or climbing stairs. OA is particularly common in the knee, the largest and strongest joint in the body. When the articular cartilage that protects and cushions the three bones of the knee erodes, increased “bone on bone” friction and fraying or loose cartilage fragments can make movement difficult and painful, gradually worsening over time.
Before seeking a surgical solution, many OA knee patients find that non-surgical treatment options can relieve discomfort and help them stay active and independent.