How is the knee structured?
The knee is the largest joint in the body and one of the most complicated. It needs to be strong enough to support our weight but flexible enough to allow bending and twisting movements. Read more
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee?
Symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, stiffness, a grating or grinding sensation when you move the joint and swellings. Read more
What causes osteoarthritis of the knee?
Almost anyone can get osteoarthritis of the knee but certain factors can increase your risk, including your age, gender and previous injuries. Read more
What is the outlook for osteoarthritis of the knee?
Osteoarthritis of the knee affects people in different ways, and symptoms may vary from day to day so it's very difficult to predict how it will affect you in the long term. Read more
What are the possible complications of osteoarthritis of the knee?
There can sometimes be complications with osteoarthritis of the knee, including deposits of calcium crystals in your cartilage and cysts forming at the back of your knee. Read more
How is osteoarthritis of the knee diagnosed?
Your doctor will make a diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee based on your symptoms and an examination. They may also suggest you have some tests. Read more
What can I do to help myself if I have osteoarthritis of the knee?
There are many different self-help methods for osteoarthritis of the knee, including weight management, exercise, reducing the strain on your knee and complementary therapies. Read more
What treatments are there for osteoarthritis of the knee?
A combination of over-the-counter painkillers and self-help methods may be all you need for your osteoarthritis, but if your pain is severe your doctor may suggest other treatments. Read more
Living with osteoarthritis of the knee
It’s important to tackle any issues you have early on – speak to family, friends or your doctor if the osteoarthritis is getting you down. Read more
Research and new developments for osteoarthritis of the knee
Research funded by Arthritis Research UK is looking at the genetic factors involved in osteoarthritis as well as investigating possible new treatments. Read more
Exercises to manage knee pain
Exercises designed to strengthen and stabilise the structures that support the knee. Read more