Arthritis of the Knee

Inner West Hip & Knee Clinic

The knee joint is lined by articular cartilage, a specialised lining which allows smooth, painfree motion of the joint. Arthritis is a degeneration or wearing out of this lining which results in the bone ends rubbing on one another rather than the articular cartilage causing pain.

There are two main types of arthritis

Osteoarthritis: This form of arthritis can be due to normal ageing, or may develop as a result of another condition, past surgery or trauma. Heavy manual labour, obesity and a family history can predispose patients to osteoarthritis. The pain tends to be worse in the mornings and with vigorous activity.

Inflammatory Arthritis: The most common form is rheumatoid arthritis, an immune disorder resulting in inflammation of the synovial lining of the joint which releases chemicals and can subsequently damage the articular surface. This condition can affect any synovial joint in the body and is best treated medically by a rheumatologist. Knee replacement is only required when there is severe damage to the joint.

For appointments and enquiries please phone 02 9735 3637

Inner West Hip & Knee Clinic
16 Robert Street
Ashfield NSW 2131

  office@hipandkneeclinic.com.au
Fax: 02 9735 3635

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