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Knee Osteoarthritis

What is knee osteoarthritis?

Knee osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes the knee joints to become painful and stiff. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK.

The severity of symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. For some people, the symptoms may be mild and may come and go, whereas others can experience more continuous and severe problems.

Almost any joint can be affected by osteoarthritis, but the condition frequently causes problems in the knees, because they are weightbearing joints, and so have to take a lot of strain. 

How do we treat osteoarthritis at the Mansfield Clinic?

Osteoarthritis is a long-term condition which cannot be cured, but it doesn't necessarily get any worse over time. A number of treatments are available to reduce the symptoms. Dr Allfree may choose to use one or more of the following treatment strategies to help your joint pain:

  • painkilling medication 
  • a structured supervised exercise plan
  • steroid injections into the knee joints can help
  • in osteoarthritis of mild to moderate severity, hyalgan injections into the knee joint may be beneficial
  • In a small number of cases, where the above treatments haven't helped or the damage to the joints is particularly severe, surgical advice may be required, to determine whether knee replacement surgery is warranted.

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