- What is Osteoarthritis?
- What are my Options?
- About the Knee
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury
- Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury
- Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury
- Knee Ligament Surgery
- Jumper’s Knee (Patella Tendonitis)
- Runner’s Knee
- Knee Pain
- Torn Cartilage Injury
- Infrapatella Fat Pad Impingement
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease
- Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)
- Patella Fracture
- Who can help me?
Our focus is knee osteoarthritis
OA Knee Pain was established due to the increasing number of people suffering and being diagnosed with osteoarthritis, and a group of experts have got together to provide all the information regarding the condition, diagnosis, treatment options and management to help you understand and find the best treatment options, help and guidance for you.
- Arthritis Solutions
- Osteotomy Expert Group
- Welsh Bone (Orthopaedic Surgeons in Wales)
- The KNEEguru
What is Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease causing joints to wear down.
Osteoarthritis (also known as arthrosis, osteoarthrosis or OA) is a degenerative disease, which causes the cartilage that protects the ends of your bones to wear down, causing pain, swelling and problems with mobility. This is a result of the protective fluid in your joint losing its shock-absorbing abilities, causing bones to rub against each other.
- 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.
What can be done?
Treatment will be determined by the joint affected and its severity.
There are a range of organisations offering easy access to information about your condition. Such as:
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 connect those with arthritis with other people with sufferers.
Arthritis Research UK invests in breakthrough treatments, provides information and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis. Their work has already uncovered breakthrough treatments, and they are dedicated to uncovering new ideas to help people push back the ways arthritis limits their lives.