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Our focus is knee osteoarthritis

Due to an increasing number of people suffering with knee pain and being diagnosed with osteoarthritis, a network of expert organisations has teamed up to establish OA Knee Pain. Our aim is to provide help and guidance along with all the information you may need about the condition to help you understand diagnosis, treatment options and management.

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What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease causing joints to wear down

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease also commonly referred to as arthrosis, osteoarthrosis or OA. The condition is caused by the protective fluid in the joint losing its shock absorbing abilities resulting in the bones rubbing against each other and the cartilage that protects the ends of the bones wearing down. Sufferers often experience pain, swelling and problems with mobility.

  • Stage 1: (Doubtful) Minimum disruption but sufferers experience a 10% loss of cartilage.
  • Stage 2 (Mild): Narrowing of the joint space with the cartilage beginning to breakdown and the occurrence of osteophytes (a bony projection associated with the degeneration of cartilage at joints).
  • Stage 3 (Moderate): Moderate joint-space reduction where the gaps in the cartilage can expand until they reach the bone.
  • Stage 4 (Severe): The joint-space is greatly reduced with around 60% loss of cartilage and large osteophytes.

Any joint in the body can be affected by OA but the most common damage is found in the knees, hips, lower back, neck, fingers and toes.

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What can be done?

Treatment will be determined by the joint affected and its severity


Supporting Charities

There are a range of organisations offering easy access to information about your condition

Who Can Help Me - Arthritis Care - OA Knee Pain


Arthritis Care is a UK registered charity that offers a range of support and services to help people manage arthritis and connect with other people who share a similar experience. The charity can offer support in person, online or on the phone and can put those living with arthritis in contact with other sufferers.

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Who Can Help Me - Arthritis Research UK - OA Knee Pain


Arthritis Research UK invests in breakthrough treatments, provides information and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis. Its work has already uncovered breakthrough treatments, and it is dedicated to uncovering new ideas to help people push back the ways arthritis limits their lives.

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Meet Zanthe and share her Unloader Moment


Cabin crew member and competitive horse rider Zanthe suffers from pain on the inside of her knee. This affects her working life as she needs to be at full fitness to carry out her duties. See how Zanthe responds to being fitted with an Unloader for the first time and the increased confidence she has in her knee.

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Meet Caroline and share her Unloader Moment


As someone who actively works in countryside management, a role which sees her being active for extended periods of time, the knee pain experienced by Caroline has had an adverse effect on not only her role but her lifestyle in general.

Knee pain can restrict you in many ways. Caroline was unable to enjoy the outdoors fully and was facing knee surgery https://t.co/sP3sxKhPCJ

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How does cartilage damage impact the knee joint?


Osteoarthritis always starts with damage to the articular (joint) cartilage, which plays a central role in the healthy joint. It is as a protective layer covering the bone ends meeting each other in the joint. It cushions the joints and helps them move smoothly and easily (allowing them to glide over each other when in motion). It also protects the bone from abrasion and damage.