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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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​How to cope with OA at a young age


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that is usually associated with individuals over the age of 45 years. This situation is changing and now an increasing number of younger people are diagnosed with the condition. There are thought to be several reasons for this.

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Infrapatella Fat Pad Impingement


Infrapatellar fat pad impingement, also referred to as Hoffa’s Syndrome, is a common knee injury that causes anterior knee pain. Trauma or gradual wear and tear can cause the fat pad to become damaged causing discomfort. This can restrict the range of movement of the knee joint and cause pain to be intensified during or after any activity.

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Jumper's Knee (Patella Tendonitis)


Jumper’s knee, also known as patella tendonitis, is usually an injury that affects athletes and sportspeople where there is a demand to run and jump. The condition develops as a result of overuse, but can also be caused by a poor landing, exacerbating an already existing condition or a biomechanical problem, such as a loose kneecap or rolling inward foot.

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Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury


The LCL is a pair of ligaments that run the length of the knee - one runs down the inner side of the leg while the other on the outer side. An LCL injury is an uncommon form of knee damage but can happen if trauma is experienced to the knee or to the inside of the thigh or leg. Contact sports, such as football and rugby, are likely causes of LCL injuries as players can experience trauma from a kick to the knee or leg.

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​Suitable holiday destinations for OA sufferers


Deciding to go on holiday when you have osteoarthritis (OA) can be a daunting thought. There’s so much to think about, from reaching the airport, to airport assistance, to making sure your hotel understands your accessibility needs and of course, making sure you can get replacement medication while away. However, if you can face the uncertainties and take suitable precautions, choosing to travel when living with OA can be a very good idea. Warmer climates help relieve symptoms and new and interesting activities can keep you motivated to move around. This often gives those living with the condition a pain-free boost.

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Knee Ligament Surgery


Surgery can be carried out any of the four ligaments, with each procedure slightly different.

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Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury


The PCL is a band of tissue that connects the shin bone to your thigh bone. Damage to this area caused by a fall or trauma can leave you immobile for weeks or even months. To make a full recovery, it is important that you have access to suitable care as a PCL knee injury can cause problems in later life, such as arthritis.

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury


An ACL injury can be caused by a direct impact to the knee, landing incorrectly after a jump, a sudden twist or turn in the knee or excessive pressure on the knee. It is particularly common in certain sports, including football, rugby and hockey. An injury can range from a minor sprain to a total tear of the ligament with treatments ranging from physiotherapy to surgery. Furthermore, an ACL injury is likely to cause additional damage to the meniscus and articular cartilage. Injuries can be minimised by staying active and following exercises correctly.

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​Things to bear in mind when booking a holiday e.g. accessibility etc


When looking to book a holiday, there are few things you should bear in mind to ensure a smooth stay. We all want to enjoy ourselves on holiday, but practical matters should take priority when considering your holiday, to ensure a trouble-free vacation for everyone, especially if mobility or injury is an issue.

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About The Knee


The knee is one of the most used joints in the body, whether you’re participating in a sport or just going about a daily task like heading to the shops. For that reason, the knee is one of the most injured parts of the body, with injuries being potentially incredibly painful and often preventing you from going about your daily life. That’s why it’s important you have an understanding of the knee and what can happen to it.