Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a common condition, and given the ageing population will be an even more prevalent problem in the future. It is often described as a “wear and tear” problem. This is certainly the case but it is more complex than this. For example, amongst other things, there may be contributory factors such as heredity, obesity and previous injury.
Pain is the most common complaint, although stiffness, instability and deformity are also common presentations. Symptoms are normally felt during activity. Relief from pain may be obtained by resting, at least initially. In more advanced cases the pain can even be present at rest.
Fig 350 - Sagittal section of right knee-joint.
Henry Gray. Anatomy of the Human Body. 1918.
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