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Caring for your chronic knee conditions is very important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding future complications.  By learning more about your condition and the treatment options available, you can make sure that your knee discomfort does not prevent you from enjoying your usual daily activities.  Read here about the different techniques to help successfully manage your chronic knee conditions.

Knee Pain

Receiving treatment for knee pain depends entirely on its source.  Learning about the reasons for your knee symptoms are crucial when forming a diagnosis of the problem and developing a knee treatment program.

Some of the most common conditions related to chronic knee pain include:

For a complete list of knee-related conditions, visit our Education Center.


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Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, seen mainly among older people. It is also called degenerative joint disease or osteoarthrosis.

Osteoarthritis mostly affects cartilage, the tissue that covers the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another and absorbs energy from the shock of physical movement.

In osteoarthritis, the surface layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. The bones under the cartilage will then rub together, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint and may cause the joint to lose its normal shape.

Small deposits of bone, called bone spurs, may grow on the edges of the joint. Bits of bone or cartilage can break off and float inside the joint space, causing additional pain and damage.

For more information on Osteoarthritis, visit our Education Center.


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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is disease that affects the joints, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. If one knee or hand has rheumatoid arthritis, the other generally does as well. This disease often occurs in more than one joint and can affect any joint in the body.

Some people have this disease and it lasts for only a few months or up to a year or two, eventually subsiding without causing damage. In other cases, people experience flares, periods of times when symptoms worsen, followed by remissions, when symptoms are relieved. The most severe form of the disease can last for many years or a lifetime, causing serious joint damage.

For mor information on Rheumatoid Arthritis, visit our Education Center.


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Physician Finder


If you are uncertain of your diagnosis for your knee pain, or if your condition seems more severe than it appears, seek medical advice as soon as possible from a physician who specializes in orthopedics.

Having trouble finding an orthopedic physician for your chronic knee pain?  Locate a doctor using our Physician Finder.


Joint Care

Understanding your treatment options and the long-tem benefits are essential for healing your chronic knee conditions.

Some of the commonly used therapies include:

For a complete list of knee-related therapies, visit our Education Center.


Research and clinical trials of chronic knee conditions are a key component of determining causes and appropriate treatment options.  For a list of active clinical trials, visit our Research section.


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Joint Replacement

Learning more about joint replacement procedures before undergoing surgery may ease many worries you may have. The following resources will provide you with a overview of the procedures and what you can expect:

For a complete list of knee-related therapies, visit our Education Center.

Worried about having knee surgery for your chronic condition?  Visit our Preparing for Surgery resource to learn about the steps you can take to emotionally and physically prepare yourself for knee surgery.

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The following is a selection of joint and joint replacement images, including x-rays, before and after images and detailed joint descriptions. Click on a thumbnail to see the larger image:

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