Knee Arthritis Types

There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis that affect approximately 32.5 million people in the United States and over 350 million people worldwide. Osteoarthritis of the knee—also called wear-and-tear arthritis—is the most common type that typically occurs in people over the age of 55. The cartilage in the knee joint gradually wears away and becomes frayed and rough. Eventually, the protective space between the bones decreases causing bone on bone rubbing that produces painful spurs that can get gradually worsen over time. 

Although osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis can also affect the knees. The causes of these conditions depend upon the type. For example:

  • Osteoarthritis – The cause of osteoarthritis is because of increased wear and tear, therefore it is most commonly found in joints—such as the knee—that are used the most. Everyday wear and tear causes the cartilage in your knee to degenerate and become rough, rubbing the inside of the joint. With time, the cartilage may wear away completely. 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – This condition is caused by a chronic disease that attacks multiple joints throughout the body, such as the knee joint. It is typically symmetrical, meaning that it affects the same joint on both sides of the body. The synovial membrane that covers the knee joint begins to swell, resulting in stiffness and knee pain.
  • Psoriatic arthritis – Also caused by an autoimmune disease, this can cause painful inflammation in your joints. Our body’s immune system, which normally guards your body against organisms that can make you sick, begins to attack healthy cells. As the inflammation builds up, it can lead to swelling and pain.
  • Post-traumatic knee arthritis – This condition can occur because of a single or repeated blows to the knee. This type of arthritis usually affects athletes in contact sports or it can happen to an individual who suffered a car accident or other event that caused a traumatic knee injury.

Knee Arthritis Symptoms

The first and foremost symptom of arthritis is pain and inflammation. Generally, the pain develops gradually over time, although sudden onset is also possible. There are a number of other symptoms that can indicate arthritis, including:

  • The joint may become swollen and stiff, making it difficult to straighten or bend the knee
  • Pain may be worse in the morning, after sitting/resting for a long period of time, or even with the change of weather
  • Vigorous activity may cause knee pain to flare up
  • Loose fragments of cartilage and other tissue can interfere with the smooth motion of joints. 
  • The knee may “lock” or “stick” during movement 
  • Clicking, creaking, snapping, or grinding noises (crepitus) in the knee
  • A feeling of weakness or buckling at the joint

Non Surgical Knee Arthritis Treatments

Injections for Knee Pain

Viscosupplementation, FluidFlow, Trigger Point Injections, Platelet Rich Plasma Injections, and Steroid Injections are just some of the options that KneeCare Clinics provides. An injection of artificial joint fluid—hyaluronic acid—directly into your knee can create a barrier to inflammation and even provide temporary lubrication inside the knee joint.

Knee Bracing

A brace may be used to provide external stability to the knee joint. By applying pressure to both sides of the knee, the brace causes the joint to realign, which in turn decreases the contact between the two rough bone surfaces. Braces can be made of plastic, metal, leather, and/or foam and are designed to strengthen the muscles of the knee as well as reduce inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy may be necessary to strengthen leg muscles, improve flexibility, and increase mobility—all in an effort to overall reduce knee pain! Exercises during physical therapy sessions may include riding a stationary bike, leg lifts, knee extensions, flexing the ankle up and down, tightening and holding thigh muscles, sliding the heel forward on the floor, etc.

Lifestyle changes

Increased weight puts extra stress on your knees, which accelerates tissue degeneration, swelling, and pain. Diet/weight counseling from KneeCare Clinics can help you maintain a healthy weight, thereby, mitigating pain and other arthritis symptoms as well as reducing your risk of the arthritis worsening.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:

What to Expect During Recovery

Answer:

Recovery from knee arthritis is dependent upon the type of arthritis and the treatment that you choose from KneeCare Clinics. Healing will continue to take place over time as your body adjusts to the treatment. For example, receiving an injection will take time to diminish the inflammation in the knee, but you can expect the pain to go away and mobility to return quickly with more fluid to cushion the knee. This can happen in as little as a few weeks!

If you suffer from knee arthritis, do you feel you are no longer physically and socially active as you once were? Your professional aspirations and personal relationships may suffer, but having to decide between the intensiveness of surgery on top of the cost puts you in a no-win situation. We are proud to provide you with a nonsurgical superior treatment that helps you get your life back! 

Reduce arthritis pain and restore your quality of life! You can find a deeper level of enjoyment in your personal relationships, careers, hobbies and more with the help of KneeCare Clinics! Contact us now or speak to our patient advocate to get started!

Question:

Do you have a payment plan for treatment?

Answer:

We offer CareCredit financing which offers 6, 12, or 18 months at 0% interest. They can finance all the way up to 60-months if you prefer smaller payments (but interest is involved beyond 18 months).

  • What to Expect During Recovery

    Recovery from knee arthritis is dependent upon the type of arthritis and the treatment that you choose from KneeCare Clinics. Healing will continue to take place over time as your body adjusts to the treatment. For example, receiving an injection will take time to diminish the inflammation in the knee, but you can expect the pain to go away and mobility to return quickly with more fluid to cushion the knee. This can happen in as little as a few weeks!

    If you suffer from knee arthritis, do you feel you are no longer physically and socially active as you once were? Your professional aspirations and personal relationships may suffer, but having to decide between the intensiveness of surgery on top of the cost puts you in a no-win situation. We are proud to provide you with a nonsurgical superior treatment that helps you get your life back! 

    Reduce arthritis pain and restore your quality of life! You can find a deeper level of enjoyment in your personal relationships, careers, hobbies and more with the help of KneeCare Clinics! Contact us now or speak to our patient advocate to get started!

  • Do you have a payment plan for treatment?

    We offer CareCredit financing which offers 6, 12, or 18 months at 0% interest. They can finance all the way up to 60-months if you prefer smaller payments (but interest is involved beyond 18 months).