Bone on Bone Knee Pain Causes

“Bone on bone” is a more commonly-used term for the condition known as “knee osteoarthritis.” Osteoartritis happens when the cartilage between the bones wears away, leaving that painful “bone on bone” sensation you might feel when walking, standing, or doing the things you love! 

Cartilage is the flexible and smooth tissue that acts as a protective padding to help keep your knees moving properly. Osteoarthritis strikes when this cartilage is reduced over time, eventually removing the padding altogether causing the bones to rub on one another and drastically limit movement – which can, of course, impact the quality of your day-to-day life.

The causes of osteoarthritis span a wide variety of reasons, including:

  • Age – Arthritis, in general, is commonly associated with older people. According to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), most people show symptoms of osteoarthritis by the time they are 70 years old; therefore, with the knee being one of the most used joints in the body, it has an increased risk of being affected by osteoarthritis.
  • Prior Injury – The trauma of an injury can cause osteoarthritis in adults of any age, both athletes and everyday individuals alike. Common injuries that may lead to OA include torn cartilage, ACL tears, dislocated joints, ligament injuries, and more. Your risk might go up even further if you have had surgery performed to correct the injury. This may be due to inflammation in the joint induced by the injury or because of the inflammation that occurs as a result of the surgery.
  • Overuse  – Overuse from repeated movements of the joint may contribute to the development of osteoarthritis. Our bones are constantly breaking down and building up according to the stresses the joint is exposed to on a regular basis, which means repetitive strain or “wear and tear”  in your joints can cause the cartilage to break down prematurely. People who perform certain activities in their jobs for hours at a time may be more likely to develop OA, including jobs that involve physical labor, squatting, kneeling, climbing stairs, etc.
  • Weight – Generally, the more weight on the knee causes more strain on the joint and subsequent cartilage damage. Therefore, your risk for developing the condition increases if you’re overweight and putting stress on the knee, hip, and back joints.
  • Genes – There is evidence to suggest that osteoarthritis risk can be passed down in a family line, especially if genetic joint defects are prevalent. You’re more likely to suffer from OA symptoms if your grandparents, parents, or siblings have the condition. Additionally, women are more likely than men to develop the progressive symptoms of osteoarthritis after the age of 55.

Osteoarthritis Symptoms

The first and foremost symptom of osteoarthritis is pain and inflammation. Compared to other types of knee arthritis, osteoarthritis has pain localized in and around the knee joint that is worse with vigorous use or as the day goes on, but will feel better with rest. In most cases, the pain develops gradually over time, but sudden onset is also possible. There are a number of other symptoms that can indicate osteoarthritis, including:

  • Painful bone spurs caused by bone on bone rubbing 
  • Stiffness felt mostly after inactivity
  • Swollen joints that may be difficult to bend or straighten, especially after physical activityt
  • “Locking” or “sticking” of the knee
  • Clicking, creaking, snapping, or grinding noises (crepitus) in the knee
  • Weak or buckling joint
  • Decreased range of motion

Natural Treatment for Bone on Bone Knee Pain

Injections for Knee Pain

Injections for bone on bone knee pain are focused on providing cushioning inside the joint as well as creating a barrier to inflammation. At KneeCare Clinics, we offer a variety of injections to reduce knee pain without the use of surgery. Injections may include Viscosupplementation, FluidFlow, Trigger Point Injections, Platelet Rich Plasma.

Knee Bracing

Knee braces are able to reduce contact forces in the knee and realign the joint, which means less bone on bone pressure and, therefore, less pain. Coming in plastic, metal, leather, or foam, our team can outfit you with a knee brace that best fits your lifestyle!

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy may make some people nervous that it will worsen pain, when in reality, exercise can normalize your knee joint range of motion and prevent knee stiffness. Exercises during physical therapy sessions may include range of motion activities, aerobic exercises, muscle/joint strengthening, etc.

Lifestyle Changes

Dietary factors may play a bigger role in osteoarthritis than was once thought. Inflammation from a poor diet and other metabolic factors may lead to inflammation that affects bone and cartilage. Diet changes and weight loss can change these markers and in turn, reduce the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis. Diet/weight counseling from KneeCare Clinics can help you maintain a healthy weight!

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:

What to Expect During Recovery from Bone on Bone Knee Pain

Answer:

People all over the St. Louis area turn to KneeCare Clinics for our outstanding nonsurgical treatment of osteoarthritis and the bone on bone knee pain it causes. Recovery from treatment depends upon the treatment plan that you choose from KneeCare Clinics, but generally, an injection will take time to diminish the inflammation in the knee. You can expect the pain to go away and mobility to return in as little as a few weeks now that more fluid is cushioning the knee. Knee bracing can have an immediate effect on helping knee pain while other methods, like physical therapy and diet/weight counseling, can have a gradual —but certainly lasting— reduction of knee pain. 

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

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 from Bone on Bone Knee Pain

    People all over the St. Louis area turn to KneeCare Clinics for our outstanding nonsurgical treatment of osteoarthritis and the bone on bone knee pain it causes. Recovery from treatment depends upon the treatment plan that you choose from KneeCare Clinics, but generally, an injection will take time to diminish the inflammation in the knee. You can expect the pain to go away and mobility to return in as little as a few weeks now that more fluid is cushioning the knee. Knee bracing can have an immediate effect on helping knee pain while other methods, like physical therapy and diet/weight counseling, can have a gradual —but certainly lasting— reduction of knee pain. 

    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

  • 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).