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The 'wear-and-tear' of the knees


Known as Osteoarthritis (OA), this age-related, "wear-and-tear" degeneration of the knee joint is the number one cause of chronic knee pain. This condition causes joints to become painful and stiff and it's the most common type of arthritis in the UK.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis The severity of osteoarthritis symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, but knee pain and stiffness, and problems with basic movements are the most common. You should see your GP if you have persistent symptoms of osteoarthritis so they can confirm the diagnosis and prescribe any necessary treatment. Causes Although the cause is not known, several things are thought to increase your risk of developing this condition.

  • Joint Injury - overusing your joint when it has not had enough time to heal after an injury or operation

  • Age - risk increases as you get older

  • Obesity - being obese puts excess strain on your joints (knees and hips)

How is it treated? This long-term condition cannot be cured but can be alleviated Mild symptoms can sometimes be managed with simple measures including:

  • regular exercise

  • losing weight if you're overweight

  • wearing suitable footwear

For pain, there are different ways to treat it, but your GP will always be able to recommend what is best based on your own medical history.

  • anti-inflammatory gels- rubbed on the skin

  • anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen

  • pain relievers, such as paracetamol

  • injection of Steroid or Viscosupplementation


You can book online your MSK / Joints and Injuries consultation at a time that is convenient to you. This 45-minute MSK appointment includes a referral for MRI (if required)

If you have previous notes or Images, it is advisable to bring them with you.

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