symptoms of arthritis in the kneeSymptoms of Arthritis in the Knee

Five most common Knee Arthritis Symptoms

Knee pain is one of the most common types of joint pain and definitely the most annoying. We take our joints for granted when we’re young. Some of us gained too much weight, some of us lifted too much weight in the gym, and some of us were reckless and injure ourselves playing sports. Knee pain and arthritis may have come from all sorts of reasons. The problem now is deciding whether you just have a temporary ache or if you are developing arthritis in the knee.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common symptoms of knee arthritis, not just knee pain.

Is your knee Swollen?

Arthritis is known to cause a good deal of swelling which is a sure sign of arthritis, especially if you didn’t just injure your knee. The reason why your knee begins to swell up is because when you have arthritis you develop bone spurs that become problematic to the tissue and knee cartilage surrounding the spurs. Once these spurs affect the surrounding areas the knee becomes swollen. Ouch!

When you wake up in the morning does your knee become swollen? This is another sign that you have arthritis. If you’re taking over the counter drugs to combat the swelling and inflammation and nothing is happening then it may be time to talk to a doctor to see if maybe the symptoms are actually arthritis.

Cracking Sounds

Does you’re knee pop when you take a step? Perhaps your knee doesn’t pop but does it make any sort of sound that it probably shouldn’t? This is typically caused by joint degeneration. In other words the cartilage and tissue in your knee have worn away from years of wear and tear. All that’s left in the knee joint is bones rubbing against each other and making an uncomfortable pop or crunching sound.

This is a sure sign of arthritis in the knee joint. The bone spurs are now rubbing over other bone spurs and rough surfaces, which can create a grinding sensation.

Can’t Flex Your Knees?

Arthritis and knee pain, along with any other type of pain definitely doesn’t make life easy. Not only is arthritis painful but also it limits your range of motion. Arthritis and a lack of cartilage make it challenging for the knee to move as freely as it once did. If you’re experiencing a limited range of motion in your knee joint this is a definite symptom of arthritis. As expected the most difficult tasks are the ones that you’ll experience the poor range of motion. Tasks such as

  • Walking up steps
  • Walking up hills
  • Walking without a cane
  • Getting dressed in the morning
  • Sudden movements
  • Getting out of bed in the morning

Change in Appearance

When you look at your knees now do they appear the same way they did when you were completely pain free? If not you may have some deformities taking place in your affected knee(s). For example, if your knees look as if they are sinking in it’s most likely because of the muscles surrounding your knees thinning out. Sometimes it’s very hard to tell if your knees are even deformed at all while other people’s knees are very obviously deformed. Regardless, a change in appearance is also a symptom of knee arthritis. Check out this picture of two different knees to get an idea.

Pain Getting Worse?

Just like typical degeneration, or typical wear and tear to your knees over the years pain from arthritis is a gradual process. When you injury your knee you may experience a sudden loss of cartilage in your knee joint. However, this is not as common as gradually wearing down your knee cartilage over years and years.

Knee pain from arthritis is complimentary to knee degeneration. It can happen suddenly. However, the more common problem is that pain started very subtly and perhaps years later it’s so bad you are seeking solutions to your knee pain. If you notice that you have been dealing with pain for years than perhaps it’s time for a consultation with your doctor. Don’t let your knee pain become so bad that it completely changes your well-being.