Cartilage is the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions your bones at the joints, and allows bones to glide over one another. If the cartilage breaks down and wears away, the bones rub together. This causes pain, swelling, and stiffness. Bony spurs or extra bone may form around the joint. The ligaments and muscles around the joint become weaker and stiffer.
Often, the cause of osteoarthritis is unknown... it is mainly related to aging. But, the symptoms of osteoarthritis usually appear in middle age. Almost everyone has some symptoms by age 70. However, these symptoms may be minor. Before age 55, osteoarthritis occurs equally in men and women. After age 55, it is more common in women.
Explore the many treatments for osteoarthritis, including the Knee Arthritis Program (KNAP) at ICPR. We'll help you limit your pain without limiting your activities. No surgery is required! There's nothing like your natural knee. Learn more at our FREE one-hour KNAP seminar or call for a free consultation at 1-877-211-4277 and ask for Misty.