May 2012 – Knee paid due to arthritis is one of the most common causes of disability in America and affects millions of people, both young and old. Although traumatic situations and systemic diseases can cause arthritis, by far the most common cause is wear and tear of the joint. This loss of the cushion (cartilage) in the joint is called osteoarthritis, commonly referred to as “bone-on-bone.”
This condition is caused by numerous factors including people living longer, being more active, obesity, as well as a genetic component. In the early stages, there may by some occasional pain and/or stiffness in the knee. It can come and go. As the condition progresses, it can lead to severe pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity of the joints (becoming bow-legged or knock-kneed).
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