Osteoarthritis In The Knee

Osteoarthritis is the primary cause of knee arthritis and results from wearing down the smooth articular cartilage covering the ends of the bones (thigh bone, shin bone and kneecap).

Osteoarthritis is the primary cause of knee arthritis and results from wearing down the smooth articular cartilage covering the ends of the bones (thigh bone, shin bone and kneecap).  Loss of cartilage results in pain, stiffness, decreased function, swelling, joint deformity and eventual immobility.

Osteoarthritis can eventually progress to bone-on-bone contact, which results in further increasing pain and stiffness in the knee joint. This bone-on-bone contact induces the formation of bone spurs (osteophytes) that will also contribute to the pain and reduce mobility.