Depending on the complaints, symptoms, it will be more or less easy for the doctor to conclude a diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee. The pain can affect only one knee, but it happens that osteoarthritis affects both joints. The pain is often more intense at the end of the day. The more you mobilize your knee, the more it hurts. With also consequences on articular mobility which is greatly diminished. It also happens that osteoarthritis is manifested by local inflammatory attacks: a pain, a knee that tends to be swollen ...
It is quite often by carrying out additional examinations (blood test, radiography) that this diagnosis is confirmed. On radiography, the signs of osteoarthritis are quite obvious.
In osteoarthritis, the articular surfaces gradually deteriorate. First with cartilage involvement, then with ligaments ... The interarticular space decreases, and at a later stage the bones are affected.
The attending physician may be the first consultant to manage a patient with knee osteoarthritis. If the problem is delicate, or if osteoarthritis is very painful, a rheumatologist can be consulted. The opinion of an orthopedic surgeon will be taken, if an operation is considered.
Different solutions are proposed according to the symptoms, the age of the patient, his activities ... Very often, it starts with pain medication (analgesics).
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