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What are the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis?

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Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee may include:

  • Pain that increases when you are active, but gets a little better with rest
  • Swelling
  • Feeling of warmth in the joint
  • Stiffness in the knee, especially in the morning or when you have been sitting for a while
  • Decrease in mobility of the knee, making it difficult to get in and out of chairs or cars, use the stairs, or walk
  • Creaking, crackly sound that is heard when the knee moves

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthritis of the Knee."

Familydoctor.org: "Osteoarthritis of the knee."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "Knee Problems" and "Arthritis: Handout on Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthritis of the Knee."

Familydoctor.org: "Osteoarthritis of the knee."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "Knee Problems" and "Arthritis: Handout on Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

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